Lincoln museum to sell Marilyn Monroe dress to repay loan
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) —
The foundation that supports the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is selling a black dress once owned by movie star Marilyn Monroe to raise funds to repay a loan used to buy artifacts relating to the 16th president.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation is putting a total of nine items up for auction in Las Vegas June 23, including photos of the 1950s movie icon. Julien's Auctions says the wool dress could sell for more than $60,000.
The foundation owes about $10 million on a 2007 loan it used to buy items purportedly belonging to Lincoln, including a stovepipe hat, bloodstained gloves and an 1824 book.
The foundation paid $25 million and borrowed $23 million. The note is due in October 2019.