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Whitney Houston items, including pieces from ‘The Bodyguard,’ go to auction

View Photo Gallery: People gather to grieve for the pop star, who died Feb. 11.

Whitney Houston was laid to rest at a New Jersey cemetery Saturday, after a nearly four hour “home going” ceremony held at the Newark church where she sang as a child. Proving that the world goes on — rather quickly — it was announced one day later that items the late singer once owned would go to auction.

A pair of earrings and a vest Houston wore in the film “The Bodyguard” and a black velvet gown will be sold by Julien’s Auctions next month, the Associated Press reports. The items, valued at between $400 and $1,000, will be sold as part of a “long-planned” Hollywood memorabilia auction.

Other items up for sale include Clark Gable’s riding jacket from “Gone With the Wind” and a Superman costume worn by Christopher Reeve, according to a news release.

Julien’s also held an auction of Michael Jackson’s possessions in December, more than three years after his death. The over 500 pieces sold for nearly $1 million.

It’s not entirely clear from where Julien’s obtained Houston’s clothes and earrings. A representative for Julien’s told Celebritology via e-mail “people close to Whitney” contacted the auction house with “some items” after her death on Feb. 11. No further details were given.

As Julien told the AP, it’s very common for items like these to become available for sale after a celebrity death. But do you think it’s in good taste to sell Houston’s items this soon after her death? Tell us what you think about the auction in the comments. See the items for sale below.

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The death of Whitney Houston and why we grieve for the famous

View Photo Gallery: The service, which lasted nearly four hours, was at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, the singer’s childhood place of worship.

A pair of pearl drop earrings worn by Whitney Houston in the movie “The Bodyguard.” (Associated Press/Julien’s)

A brown satin vest worn by Whitney Houston in “The Bodyguard.” (Associated Press/Julien’s)

A black velvet dress owned by Whitney Houston. (Associated Press/Julien’s)


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