Whitney Houston’s personal effects, which went on the first public sale since the singer’s death in February, raised $18,750 on Saturday.
Whitney Houston’s earrings worn in 1992 film The Bodyguard went under the hammer for $2,812 at a two-day auction of Hollywood greats’ treasures, alongside other items that once belonged to the late singer.
The Hollywood Legends sale of stars’ possessions was held at Julien’s Auctions which is just down the road from the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where Whitney Houston was found dead aged 48.
A grey velvet gown Whitney Houston wore to music mogul Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party in 1996 went for $11,250.
Pearl drop earrings worn by Whitney Houston in The Bodyguard were sold for $2,812, while a vest she sported in the film commanded $3,437.
Other items included a plum velvet dress, which brought $7,500, and a black and gold pants outfit that fetched $2,125.
Other lots include Charlie Chaplin’s iconic cane, a suit and his driving license, a Superman costume and a vintage Christian Dior gown worn by Princess Diana.
Clark Gable’s riding jacket from Gone with the Wind is expected to fetch between $10,000 and $15,000.
Charlton Heston’s screen robe, staff and tablets from The Ten Commandments will go under the hammer too.
Julien’s Auctions owner Darren Julien has revealed over 50 friends, family and former colleagues have contacted his office offering to sell items since her tragic death at the age of just 48 in February 11.
Darren Julien said: “This is something that commonly happens after somebody passes … especially someone with the status of Whitney Houston. Her items can increase 10, 20 even 30 times compared to their previous value prior to her death. These items become part of history really.
“Whitney is a legend so it’s definitely an appropriate auction for her. It’s a reason to celebrate her life, not put these items in a box under the bed … Her items are now more sought after.”
Darren Julien believes bids for Whitney Houston’s dresses will reach tens of thousands of dollars because she is someone “that will maintain a collectability” because of her incredible career.