Whitney Houston memorabilia makes 476% above estimate at auction
Whitney Houston items stole the show at a Hollywood sale on March 31 alongside Charlie Chaplin and Princess Diana
Paul Fraser Collectibles, Monday 2 April 2012
A two-day "Hollywood Legends" sale featured memorabilia ranging from Charlie Chaplin's bowler hat to the riding coat worn by Clark Gable in the iconic film Gone with the Wind, but it was Whitney Houston's clothing that was snapped up by eager fans and collectors.
Among the items sold at this weekend's (March 31) auction were two pairs of earrings worn by the singer in the 1992 classic film, The Bodyguard, one of which achieved an increase of 252% on its initial estimate, with a $7,040 showing. Other items worn in The Bodyguard included a brown satin vest which sold for $3,520.
Among a whole wardrobe of extravagant dresses, one exquisite grey velvet gown brought $11,520, 476% above its pre-sale estimate of just $2,000, further confirming the popularity of Houston's memorabilia since her untimely passing in a Hollywood hotel room.
"What we have now is all we're going to have from Whitney Houston," said auctioneer Darren Julien. "That makes her memorabilia sought after by high end collectors and fans."
The auction weekend saw an eclectic collection from some of Hollywood's biggest names. The highly sought-after bowler hat and cane belonging to Charlie Chaplin reached an impressive $100,000, while a dress worn by Princess Diana brought in $108,000 against a low estimate of $60,000-80,000.
Paul Fraser Collectibles has a fantastic Christmas card, signed by both Princess Diana and Prince Charles for those wishing to invest in a charming piece of celebrity memorabilia to add to their portfolio.
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