Whitney’s stuff sold
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif (AP) — A bustier worn on stage by Whitney Houston fetched US$18,750 at an auction Saturday in Beverly Hills of memorabilia from the late pop star's career.
The sale of 13 items brought in a total of US$80,187 from bidders in the gallery, on the phone and online, according to celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien.
A grey velvet gown the singer wore to music mogul Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party in 1996 went for US$11,250.
Pearl drop earrings worn by Houston in The Bodyguard sold for US$2,812, while a vest she sported in the film commanded US$3,437.
Other items included a plum velvet dress, which brought US$7,500, and a black and gold pants outfit that fetched US$2,125.
Interest in collectibles related to Houston has skyrocketed since her death February 11, Julien said. Most of the items sold Saturday as part of the Hollywood Legends series were provided by the Grammy winner's friends and family in the weeks since she died, he said.
"What we have now is all we're going to have from Whitney Houston," he said. "That makes her memorabilia sought after by highend collectors and fans."