Kim Kardashian demonstrated her power yet again by attending the Met Gala in New York in the $5 million gown Marilyn Monroe wore in one of pop culture’s most iconic moments.
Monroe famously wore the nude-colored figure-hugging gown in 1962 to perform a sultry rendition of Happy Birthday to President John F. Kennedy in front of thousands at Madison Square Garden.
Social media users deduced Kim was going to wear the dress after she and new boyfriend Pete Davidson were recently spotted in Orlando, Florida, home of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum, by tracking her whereabouts through paparazzi photos and scanning recent interviews.
The dress, which has over 2,500 handstitched crystals, was auctioned off to Ripley’s in 2016 for nearly $5 million (£3.99 million).
It was first auctioned off for over a million dollars in 1999 as part of the sale of Monroe’s estate by Christie’s.
It was later purchased by Ripley’s for $4.8 million at Julien’s Auctions in 2016.
It still holds the record for the most expensive dress sold at auction. It’s the first time it’s been worn out in public since Monroe sang in it.
Kardashian and Davidson were the final celebrities to walk the Met Gala red carpet. She wore her signature long black hair in a tight platinum blonde bun to channel Marilyn Monroe.
The reality TV star and entrepreneur told Vogue that she had to lose 16 pounds to fit into the gown and that she will be “forever grateful” for the opportunity.
Kardashian’s sisters, as well as her mother and manager Kris Jenner, all attended the gala.
The annual event was held on Monday evening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Kim and Davidson walked the red carpet together for the first time last week at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington, DC.