Article by JFK, Marilyn Monroe from the legendary “Happy Birthday” night

The gifts from that birthday party 60 years ago keep coming.

Marilyn Monroe’s sultry performance of “Happy Birthday” during a 45th birthday gala for President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden on May 19, 1962 was followed by an exclusive afterparty at the East 69th Street townhouse of what was then the Democratic National Committee. Chairman Arthur Krim and his wife Dr. Mathilde Krim, who later founded the American Foundation for AIDS Research.

The family is now putting up the artifacts from that Oct. 13 night in the auction block, and the items — including a once-secret photo of Monroe and JFK sharing a moment — are expected to fetch $40,000 to $60,000.

The only known photo of JFK and Marilyn together that night, taken by White House photographer Cecil Stoughton, is among 18 other originals taken at the event.

A picture of Marilyn Monroe singing

Marilyn Monroe sang “Happy Birthday” to former President John F. Kennedy on his 45th birthday.


An image of an item from former President John F. Kennedy's legendary birthday night.

Items from former President John F. Kennedy’s legendary birthday night will be auctioned.

The image was “a heavily suppressed image at the time” because of rumors of an affair between the two, said Peter Costanzo, senior vice president of Doyle, the Upper East Side auction house that sold the archive.

Other relics include the guest book from the star-studded evening, with signatures from Monroe and Kennedy, as well as Robert F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, director Mike Nichols, Eunice Shriver, Harry Belafonte, Maria Callas and Henry Fonda.

An image of an item from former President John F. Kennedy's legendary birthday night.

A guest book by Arthur B. Krim, an American consumer electronics attorney, will also be auctioned.

An image of an item from former President John F. Kennedy's legendary birthday night.

Signatures of John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Robert F. Kennedy are at the top of the guest book.

There’s also a film reel of Marilyn’s iconic performance, one of her last before her death at the age of 36 less than three months later, sent to Crimea by the producers of the ABC series “20/20” in 1980.

“We anticipate stiff competition between collectors of Kennedy material and Monroe material,” Costanzo said. “John Kennedy is one of the most in-demand, collected presidents out there after Washington and Lincoln. And Marilyn Monroe, I would say, is without a doubt the most level-headed actress of her generation.”

https://nypost.com/2022/10/01/jfk-marilyn-monroe-items-from-iconic-happy-birthday-night/ Article by JFK, Marilyn Monroe from the legendary “Happy Birthday” night

Emma Bowman

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