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Expensive auctions

Peter Siegel, a New York memorabilia dealer, poses with the dress Marilyn Monroe wore to sing "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy, after buying the dress for $1,267,000 at auction at Christie's in New York on October 27. The sale smashed the record price paid for a dress at auction. Monroe was sewn into the form-fitting, flesh-toned dress minutes before her appearance at a May, 1962 birthday fete for Kennedy. Reuters

Expensive auction items

A look at the items to garner big price tags on the auction block.