Whitney Houston’s Dresses To Go Up For Auction

Whitney Houston at the 2009 American Music Awards.
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While it hasn’t been that long since Whitney Houston passed away in a Beverly Hills hotel room on the eve of the 2012 Grammy Awards, those looking to sell pieces of her memory have begun to put items up for auction, namely dresses she owned as well as a pair of earrings she wore in The Bodyguard. In an auction entitled “Hollywood Legends,” Houston’s style memorabilia (including 15 dresses total) will go up for auction along with pieces that once belonged to Charlie Chaplin and Princess Diana. OK, wait. Is it just me or does this seem super duper fast? Like, let people MOURN for a sec, Auction House! Can you wait a bit until you start a freaking bidding war on Whitney’s earrings for goodness sake? According to Julien’s Auctions, this sort of accelerated selling isn’t uncommon. “Her items can increase 10, 20, even 30 times compared to their previous value prior to her death,” Julien tells the Daily News. “These items become part of history really.” Hmmm, something about this seems very question-mark-above-head to me. Let’s discuss.

Not to point out the obvious to Julien, but we know that a celebrity’s personal items increase in value after they die; it just seems too soon to start selling them. Ms. Houston left behind family and a young daughter in a very tragic way. Is this really the time to start a bidding war on some dresses? Perhaps I’m getting too serious. Julien of Julien’s Auctions says, “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.” Maybe they could stay in a box a little longer, though, Julien? Don’t these items increase in value over the years? It just sounds like someone wants to profit off her sudden passing. But that could just be me.

The auction takes place on March 31 and April 1 at the aforementioned Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills mere blocks away from where Houston was found dead. There will also be online bidding available for those who can’t make the trip. Julien told the Daily News that he expects some of Houston’s robes to go for thousands, if not tens of thousands, of dollars. (Hmmmm, interesting.) He says, “I anticipate that she is somebody that will maintain a collectibility.” Well, again, no duh, Julien. But why NOW? I get that this auction is billing itself as a celebration of her life and that she’s a legend and we will all always love her. I just think we could wait a few more months to honor that life and give her loved ones some time to mourn in peace. What do you think? Should Whitney Houston’s dresses and jewelry be auctioned next month or do you think Julien’s Auctions should wait?

{via the Daily News}