Whitney Houston has been laid to rest as of this past weekend. Her legacy will continue to live on, however, as some of her most iconic belongings will be auctioned off. A Black Velvet Dress that belonged to Whitney Houston and a pair of Earrings she wore in The Bodyguard will be sold to the highest bidder next month. Celebrity auctioneer, Darren Julien acquired the singer’s possessions soon after her death on Feb 11th, and will include the items in the Hollywood legend’s auction which is going to take place on 31st March and 1st April.
Pearl drop earrings used by the star in the 1992 hit movie are expected to fetch between $600 and $800, while a floral vest she wore is estimated to sell for up to $800, Julien’s Auctions said. Though these are the initial valuations, the price is likely to go higher once the bidding starts. A floor-length velvet gown and accessories from Houston’s appearances in other films and concerts will also be in next month’s auction, which is part of Julien’s Hollywood Legends sale.
The announcement of the sale came a day after Houston was buried at a New Jersey cemetery following a star-studded memorial service. The singer died in Los Angeles on Feb. 11 at the age of 48. A cause of death has yet to be determined.
Julien’s Auctions boss Darren Julien has defended the decision to hold the sale so shortly after the singer’s death. It proves a point that these items, they’re an investment. You buy items just like a stock. Buy at the right time and sell at the right time, and they just increase in value, he said.
Other items in the Legends sale will include Charlie Chaplin’s walking stick and personal driving license, Princess Diana vintage gown, President Kennedy’s rocking chair, and Christopher Reeve’s Superman costume. Titled ‘Hollywood Legends’, this auction will see some of cinematic history’s greatest collectibles and memorabilia go on auction. Held over 2 days from March 31 and April 1 this year, the bidders will be competing fiercely for these items, and they can do so through the online channel, or by phone, or even in person. The items will be put up for display at an exhibition on March 19 this year, at a venue near about where Whitney Houston breathed her last. [Julien's Auctions]