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.
Pearl drop earrings worn by Whitney Houston in The Bodyguard were sold for $2,812 at The Hollywood Legends sale on Saturday
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.
Bobby Brown is set to claim Whitney Houston got him into drugs in a follow up to his 2008 autobiography tome.
Bobby Brown, 43, is planning to reveal the details of his life with Whitney Houston in a book about the late singer in a follow up to the 2008 tome, “Bobby Brown: The Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing But”, written after their divorce in 2007 which contained secrets about their relationship.
According to a gagging clause meant Bobby Brown could not say everything he wanted to in the first tome, but insiders now believe the rapper is going to “cleanse himself of all responsibility” over the Whitney Houston’s drug use in his forthcoming release following her death last month.
A source told the Daily Star newspaper: “Bobby knows people will buy the book, whatever it says. And unlike last time, Whitney is not here to defend herself.
“He’s free to say whatever he wants and will undoubtedly paint himself as a grieving saint.”
“I never used cocaine until after I met Whitney. Before then, I had experimented with other drugs, but marijuana was my drug of choice,” Bobby Brown wrote in his 2008 tome.
“She used code words when ordering drugs like <<boy>> for heroin and <<girl>> for cocaine.
“At one point in my life, I used drugs uncontrollably. I was using everything I could get my hands on, from cocaine to heroin, weed and cooked cocaine.”
Bobby Brown is set to claim Whitney Houston got him into drugs in a follow up to his 2008 autobiography tome
Bobby Brown said in the book that his 15-year marriage to whitney Houston was doomed from the start.
“Within the first year, we separated, with several more to follow,” Bobby Brown wrote.
“I think we got married for all the wrong reasons. Now, I realize Whitney had a different agenda than I did when we got married. … I believe her agenda was to clean up her image, while mine was to be loved and have children.”
The 2008 book contains allegations that part of the reason Whitney Houston married bad-boy singer Bobby Brown, a former member of New Edition and onetime solo star, was that she was under pressure to mute tabloid rumors that she was having a lesbian affair with her assistant Robyn Crawford.
“The media was accusing her of having a bisexual relationship with her assistant, Robin Crawford,” he wrote.
“Since she was the American Sweetheart and all, that didn’t go too well with her image. … In Whitney’s situation, the only solution was to get married and have kids. That would kill all speculation, whether it was true or not. In the short, I think I got caught up in the politics and ended up marrying one of the biggest stars in the world.”
Bobby Brown admitted that he too was to blame for their messy breakup and that he was often unfaithful to his ex-wife.
“I am guilty of sleeping with other women. … Women are always throwing themselves at you. I’m only human, so I would make the mistake and bite the hook sometimes. … I let the testosterone take over,” he wrote.
The 2008 autobiography’s promotional materials claimed that Bobby Brown dated Madonna and Janet Jackson, in addition to sleeping with “thousands of women.
Bobby Brown – who had daughter Bobbi Kristina, 19, with Whitney Houston – also claims he will divulge details about a previous relationship with Madonna.
The rapper has been quoted as saying: “By the time I brought out my third single I was one of the biggest stars in the world.
“Madonna used to open up shows for New Edition in New York.
“Running into her and getting to know her better at the height of my success was like a reunion.”
Whitney Houston confessed to using “rock cocaine” and marijuana during a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2009 and it is believed her shock death at the age of 48 was caused by a lethal combination of alcohol and prescription drugs.