This reward may be a “pretend” — imagine it or not.
Kim Kardashian rocked generations of followers when she stepped out on the Met Gala pink carpet carrying one in every of Marilyn Monroe’s most iconic appears.
The gown was a loaner from Ripley’s Imagine it Or Not! Museum in Orlando, Florida, which reportedly additionally stunned the 41-year-old actuality TV star with what they claimed to be a lock of the legendary blonde bombshell’s platinum hair.
Nonetheless, Monroe historian Scott Fortner claims to have debunked Ripley’s story, and will have the receipt to show it.
“Information Alert: Marilyn Monroe Hair Gifted to Kardashian by Ripley’s is Faux,” Fortner declared on Instagram. On Friday, the collector re-shared Ripley’s clip of Kardashian accepting her reward, adopted by a screenshot from the museum’s web site, and what Fortner claims to be a photograph of a 1962 hair salon receipt — placing the hair-loom’s origins into query.
Fortner is alleged to maintain the world’s largest personal assortment of Monroe’s property and archives, based on his web site TheMarilynMonroeCollection.com, the place he additionally shared a blog post billing Kardashian’s Monroe lock as “pretend.”
In response to Ripley’s, the “lock was clipped by her hairstylist Robert Champion simply previous to her Madison Sq. Backyard efficiency,” when she famously crooned “Completely happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy.
The museum notes that the lock from the starlet’s signature blonde bob was “authenticated by John Reznikoff, one of the revered and trusted consultants within the subject of hair gathering.”
However Fortner scholar has alleged that hairstylist Champion by no means touched Monroe’s hair on that notorious evening.
“Paul Fraser Collectibles offered the hair in 2019,” he defined within the caption of his put up. “Their description for the lot: ‘Simply hours earlier than her efficiency, Monroe visited her private hairdresser Robert Champion on the Coiffures Americana Magnificence Salon, housed throughout the luxurious division retailer Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue.’ ”
He continued, “One might assume the hair given to KK was a part of this lot of hair that was reduce by Robert Champion ‘simply previous to her MSG efficiency.”
“Information Flash: Robert Champion didn’t reduce and elegance Marilyn’s hair for the JFK gala. It was really the one and solely ‘Mr. Kenneth’ (Kenneth Battelle) who had the honors,” Fortner testified on social media.
“Battelle is accountable for Marilyn’s well-known coiffure from that evening, as documented by a receipt from Lilly Dache Magnificence Salon… The receipt, dated Might 25, 1962 record a ‘Hair Gown’ and references Might 18 and 19, 1962. Might nineteenth was the date of the Kennedy gala. The underside the receipt reads, ‘Kenneth Companies at house Fri + Saturday.’ Marilyn paid $150.00 for the service,” the skilled defined.
Ripley’s, Reznikoff and Fortner didn’t instantly reply The Put up’s request for remark.