Jewels from The Bodyguard, dazzling gowns… and a passport: Whitney Houston's most treasured possessions for auction
18:02 GMT, 19 June 2012
Some of Whitney Houston's most memorable outfits and personal belongings are being auctioned off.
A total of 44 items, including dresses and accessories as well as record awards and a previous passport of the late mega star, will be sold through Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California on June 24.
Jewellery worn by Houston in The Bodyguard, a pair of black gloves seen in her Greatest Love Of All video clip and the invitation and program from her funeral, which was held in February, are also being sold.
Iconic: Whitney Houston's most treasured possessions, including earrings worn in promotional images for The Bodyguard, are to be auctioned off next week in
California. Gowns and her passport will
also be sold
Elegant: The singer's 1996 Travilla dress, worn to the 1996 Grammy Awards, is included in the catalogue
Valuable: The passport, which expired in 1984, includes stamps from places including Japan and Jamaica
The auction, part of a larger Music Icons auction, has already received several bids online.
majority of pieces to be sold were attained through the singer's
court-ordered debt auction which took place on January 9, 2007 in
Irvington, New Jersey.
More than 400 of her personal belongings were sold through the 2007 auction.
A blue dress worn by the recording
artist at the 1996 Grammy Awards has attracted three bids and is
expected to fetch $3,000 to $5,000.
But the item deemed most valuable in the catalogue is Houston's passport, which is expect to fetch $6,000.
It was issued to the singer in 1979 and expired in October, 1984.
Iconic: A Marc Bouwer catsuit, originally worn by the singer in 1991 (above), will also be auctioned off
Dazzling: A dress worn by Houston during her 1987 Moment Of Truth world tour, is also being auctioned
Obviously, it is signed by Houston, and
features stamps from Japan, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Curacao and
St Maarten plus visas from Japan and Jamaica.
A catsuit by Marc Bouwer, emblazoned with a rainbow print, is also being auctioned.
The daring outfit was worn by Houston during her 1991 world tour and is expected to fetch $2,000.
It isn't the only catsuit in the catalogue, much to the delight of fans.
A black velvet number, worn by the singer during a performance in the Netherlands in 1993, is also available.
It is expected to attract bids of up to $2,000.
Superstar: Houston wore a pair of black leather gloves in her 1986 video clip Greatest Love Of All, seen above
Hot property: The gloves feature gold tassels, seen clearly through the catalogue's photograph of them
of The Bodyguard, which also starred Kevin Costner, will be impressed
by the collection of jewellery worn by the singer in the film.
A silver tone metal ring with marcasite stones is on sale through the auction and is expected to attract $4,000.
pair of drop earrings from the film that were worn by Houston in a
promotional image, which also featured Mr Costner, is also being
Designed by Los
Angeles-based jeweler Connie Parente, the earrings, which shimmer in the
light in the manner of chandeliers, are expected to fetch $2,000.
The black leather gloves featured in her video clip for Greatest Love Of All are expected to attract $800 from a buyer.
Gathering: A program and invitation to the singer's February funeral (above) has also been included
Family snaps: The funeral program also shows photographs of Houston and her family, taken throughout her life
The gloves, created by La Crasia,
feature gold-toned fringing and come with a candid photograph of the
singer during the video shoot which took place at the Apollo Theatre in
Harlem, New York.
There is also a white chair and microphone stand included in the catalogue.
Both pieces were owned by Houston and attained through the 1997 auction and are expected to fetch $400 as a pair.
involved with Houston's February funeral has also provided an
invitation and program of the ceremony to the auction house.
The funeral was held at The New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey.
The program includes biographical
information on the singer as well as photographs and the order of
service which included performances by Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin,
Alicia Keys and R. Kelly.
Glamorous: A black velvet catsuit (left), green velvet two-piece (middle) and metallic outfit (right) are featured
Bold colour: A gold dress (left), plum velvet gown (middle) and purple velvet gown (right) are also included
Daring: A blush pink velvet gown (left), a Kermit green suit (middle) and a purple gown (right) are on sale
The back of the program features a letter written by Houston's mother Cissy, to the singer.
The invitation shows that the wake was help at The Newark Club.
The collection of documents is expected to fetch $400.
Further bright gowns are also included in the mix, most seen on the singer during various tours.
it is not clear which tours the gowns had been worn at, lime greens and
deep fuchsia ensembles make for stand-out wardrobe memorabilia
Another monochrome outfit, designed by Paola Frani Italia, features a metallic green bra, jacket and high-waisted pants.
Of course, plenty of the gowns have been made from velvet, undoubtedly one of the singer's preferred fabrics throughout the Eighties.
A turtleneck plum gown, which features draped rhinestones at the neckline and waist, is expected to fetch $2,000.
A gold gown stitched with a high split is expecting to get $4,000, despite it being unclear where the singer wore it.