Some of Whitney Houston’s personal belongings are to be auctioned off. They will include one of her iconic black velvet dress and the faux pearl earrings she wore in the movie, The Bodyguard.
In what to many people will seem like indecent haste following her death on February 11, personal mementos of Whitney Houston will be put in an auction to take place in March.
The faux-pearl earrings Houston wore in The Bodyguard and one of her black velvet dresses will be included in the Hollywood Legends public sale.
Auctioneer Darren Julien dismissed suggestions that a sale so soon after the singer’s as yet unexplained death was insensitive.
“It’s a celebration of her life,” he said. “These items are historic now that she passed. They become a part of history. They should be in museums. She’s lived a life and had a career that nobody else has ever had.”
Whitney’s black velvet dress is expected to fetch more than $1,000, while bidding for earrings worn in The Bodyguard movie will begin at $600. A vest also worn by Houston in The Bodyguard is for sale beginning at $400.
This particular Hollywood Legends auction, which will be held on March 31 and April 1, will also feature memorabilia from Gone with the Wind and The Ten Commandments.
Whitney Houston was laid to rest Sunday beside her father at the Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey following Saturday’s homegoing service at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey.
The sale of her memorabilia had been planned for a while. But the auctioneer stressed the increased collectability of the items now as they will maintain their value.
“For people who are fans of Whitney Houston and never would have had a chance to meet her and never got to talk to her, these are items that literally touched a part of her life. They are a way to relate to her or be a part of her life without having known her.”
Houston fans and other collectors can bid online, by phone, or in person during the Hollywood Legends auction on March 31 and April 1. Lots will be shown during a free public exhibition beginning March 19 at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California, just blocks from the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where Houston died aged 48.