Whitney Houston passed away in February 2012 of an accidental drug overdose at the age of 48, and now, four years later Heritage Auctions is planning to sell some of her personal items, including some of her red-carpet dresses, her wedding dress and awards.
“The [Houston] family actually reached out to the president of our company, ” Garry Shrum of Heritage Auctions told Billboard. “We gave them some ideas, they gave us some ideas, and we came up with this 119-piece collection that’s basically a retrospective of Whitney from the beginning, from when she first started singing after she left being a background singer for Chaka Khan and Lou Rawls. We have her passport from the beginning, all these various awards and outfits, all kinds of cool and groovy things.”
The auction is set for June 24 and 25, and is expected to fetch a minimum of $500,000. One of the most buzzed about items is her one-of-a-kind Marc Bouwer wedding dress that she wore in 1992 during her marriage to Bobby Brown. It has a starting bid of $3500. Most of the items have a starting price of $500-$1000 including her passports, a colouring book that she personally coloured then signed, and numerous Grammy Award nomination certificates. Other items on the block include performance outfits and red carpet dresses.