Marilyn Monroe dress Kim Kardashian wore to the Met Gala appears to be damaged despite ‘great care’

Marilyn Monroe’s iconic dress, which was loaned to Kim Kardashian to wear on the red carpet at the Met Gala, appears to have sustained some damage from its recent outing.

The crystal-studded gown, which the Hollywood icon wore to sing happy birthday to U.S. President John F. Kennedy in 1962.

Due to the age and provenance of the dress, no alterations were able to be made to it, meaning Kim had to lose 16lb to fit into it for the occasion.

The precious garment was transported by guards and fans were assured that the utmost care was taken over the 60-year-old dress to ensure it arrived back in mint condition.

On Monday, they shared a picture of the dress taken over the weekend at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Hollywood attraction, where it is currently on display.

They shared two side-by-side close-up shots of the diamante and sequin detailing on the gown as they told their followers: ‘Just in case you missed it… Missing crystals, and some left hanging by a thread.’

They posted 'before' and 'after' photos with the caption, "Just in case you missed it… Missing crystals, and some left hanging by a thread", and a video taken of the dress in 2016.

Amanda Joiner, vice president of licensing and publishing at Ripley’s, added to Slate.com: ‘We basically had many conversations with Kim and her team and put a lot of requirements in place with security and with the handling of the dress.