Whitney Houston's 'Bodyguard' Earrings, Black Dress Up for Auction
The items, along with the vest she wore in her 1992 hit film, will go to the highest bidder next month.
It's been barely a day since Whitney Houston's funeral, and already her items are heading to the auction block.
An assortment of Houston collectibles -- a black velvet dress and a vest and earrings she wore in The Bodyguard -- will go up for sale on March 31 and April 1 through Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, Calif. A free exhibition will be open to the public starting March 19, with Houston's lots included among other memorabilia such as Charlie Chaplin's cane, as part of a "Hollywood Legends" auction.
"It's a celebration of her life," Darren Julien told The Associated Press. "If you hide these things in fear that you're going to offend someone – her life is to be celebrated. These items are historic now that she passed. They become a part of history. They should be in museums. She's lived a life and had a career that nobody else has ever had."
Her high-necked, bejeweled black gown is listed at $1,000, while her Bodyguard vest and earrings are valued at $400 and $600, respectively; but each item is expected to fetch much more than the listing price.
Houston, who died Feb. 11 at the age of 48, was buried Sunday in a private, family-only ceremony in Westfield, N.J. The day before, a massive, star-studded celebration took place at her childhood church in Newark, attracting such guests as Tyler Perry, Stevie Wonder, Kevin Costner, Oprah Winfrey and mentor Clive Davis.