Pieces of Whitney Houston‘s clothing have already been announced as going up for auction barely two days after the singer’s funeral. Items that will apparently go under the hammer at an auction running between March 31st and April 1st include the singer’s floor-length black dress, a vest she wore in the film ‘Bodyguard’ and a pair of faux-pearl earrings.
With the news coming so soon after the star’s passing, celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien was quick to defend the sale to the Associated Press. He claimed “It proves a point that these items, they’re an investment, you buy items just like a stock. Buy at the right time and sell at the right time, and they just increase in value.” He also pushed forward a perhaps unconvincing argument that “It’s a celebration of her life.”
“If you hide these things in fear that you’re going to offend someone – her life is to be celebrated,” Julien continued, adding “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 . For people who are fans of Whitney Houston and never would have had a chance to meet her and never got to talk to her, these are items that literally touched a part of her life. They are a way to relate to her or be a part of her life without having known her.” Lots will first be shown publically on March 19th at Julien’s Auction in Beverly Hills.