Marilyn Monroe collector claims Kim Kardashian permanently damaged the iconic dress

She wore to serenade John F Kennedy on his 45th birthday, shortly before the actor died.

The dress was worn by Kardashian to the Met Gala last month. Photographs taken this last week by collector Scott Fortner,

Who specializes in authenticating and verifying Monroe memorabilia, showed stretched and buckled fabric and missing crystals on the back.

It is evident from the photos that the dress has rips, stretches, and substantial wear

And tear. Additionally, some crystals are missing while others are "left hanging by a thread".

This post quotes Ripley's Believe It Or Not!, which owned the dress at the time, who said at the time that "

Great care was taken to preserve this piece of pop culture history." With the help of garment conservation specialists,

Appraisers, and archivists, the dress' condition was a top priority after the red carpet, Kim changed into a replica!

At the event in early May, Kardashian walked down the red carpet in a $4.8m crystal-covered nude silk gown.

Having been unable to do up the zipper at the back of the garment, she accessorized with a white fur stole.

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