A few items from the late Whitney Houston's wardrobe hit the auction block this past weekend. In an auction that included items from Houston's star turn with Kevin Costner in "The Bodyguard," over eighty-thousand dollars was raised. Members of Houston's family and her friends donated the items for the auction. The most expensive item was a designer beaded bustier that fetched over eighteen-thousand dollars.
Houston's daughter, Bobbi, is the sole heir to Houston's entire estate, including her wardrobe. Perhaps in the coming years Bobbi will hold another estate sale and more items from the legendary singer's life will go up for sale. The advent of celebrity auctions is nothing new of course, and they're an easy way for the remaining family to add a little girth to the estate's coffers.
Over the years, there have been quite a few notable celebrity estate sales. The more popular the star, the more outrageous and astronomical the sale price can be for an item of clothing, jewelry, or something tied to a movie or television show the star had appeared in. Here now are a few of the more notable estate sales of the past.
Everyone Loves Marilyn - In terms of iconic figures of Hollywood's golden age, there are few stars who fetch as much intrigue and admiration as Marilyn Monroe. In 2005 there was an auction held by Julien's Auctions of many pieces of Marilyn memorabilia. One very notable item was a watercolor painting Marilyn did for President John F. Kennedy. It sold for $78,000 dollars.
He's Not the Only One - John Lennon's assassination by an unstable fan in 1980 shocked the world. He had been one-quarter of the most famous band in rock and roll history, and was beloved by many. In the years since, many Lennon articles have been put on the auction block. Notably, in 2010 a jacket worn by Lennon in a photo shoot around the time of the recording of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band" sold for an astounding bid of $240,000.
Still The King - Since his death in 1977, there have been many auctions held that contain pieces connected to Elvis Presley. Long considered the "King of Rock and Roll," he has a still-rabid fan base and items connected to the late singer still carry quite a wallop. In 2011 an acoustic guitar that he signed brought in over twenty-thousand dollars.
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- Arts & Entertainment
- Whitney Houston
- Marilyn Monroe
- John Lennon
- Kevin Costner