A beaded bustier once owned by deceased singer Whitney Houston draws the highest bid, taking in $18,750
Whitney Houston may be gone, but her presence is still being felt. Particularly on the auction block.
A number of items once belonging to the deceased singer, who died in February at age 48, commanded slightly more than $82,000 at an auction this weekend, with most items drawing much higher bids than they were originally estimated to bring in.
The highest-selling Houston item, a beaded bustier that had been sold during a 2007 court-ordered debt auction, drew $18,750. In the catalog for the auction, the estimated value is listed as $4,000 to $6,000.
Also commanding a handsome price: a grey velvet gown that Houston wore to her mentor Clive Davis' pre-Grammys party in 1996. The gown, which was also sold during Houston's 2007 debt auction, pulled in $11,520, and had been listed in the catalog in the $1,000-$2,000 range.
The items were sold off as part of the Hollywood Legends auction held in Beverly Hills by Julien's Auctions. Other items up for bid included a bowler hat, cane and suit owned by film icon Charlie Chaplin and a Christian Dior gown worn by Grace Kelly.
A vest and two pairs of earrings worn by Houston in her breakthrough film "The Bodyguard" were also auctioned off, raking in a combined $8,700.
Houston was pronounced dead on Feb. 11 after being found submerged in the bathtub in her room at the Beverly Hilton hotel by a member of her personal staff. An autopsy later determined that she died of accidental drowning, and that cocaine and heart disease contributed to her death.