Julien's Auctions says the sale of 13 items owned by Whitney Houston fetched $80,187 at an auction Saturday in Beverly Hills of memorabilia from the late pop star's career, the Associated Press reports.
According to ABC News, several of the items were set to be included in the auction even before Houston's death. “We were one week away from going to the printer [with the catalog],” said Julien’s Auctions Executive Director Martin Nolan. “And of course, as soon as she passed away, people called us to say they had [more] Whitney Houston items."
Among the most expensive items was a bustier Houston wore on stage which sold for $18,750, and a grey velvet gown she wore to Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party in 1996, which went for $11,250, wrote the AP.
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Bids for the items came in the gallery, on the phone and online.
Pearl drop earrings Houston wore in "The Bodyguard" sold for $2,812, as did a vest she wore during the movie for $3,437. Her plum velvet dress sold for $7,500, as did a black and gold pants outfit for $2,125,
Houston drowned in a bathtub at a Beverly Hills hotel on the eve of the Grammy Awards on February 11. The Los Angeles coroner's office announced her death was caused by accidental drowning, heart disease, and cocaine use.
Her mother, singer Cissy Houston, recently broke her silence and told New Jersey’s MY9′s 10 O’clock news "I did the best I could. I don’t blame myself.”