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    Wed, 22 Feb 2012 16:29:42

    Whitney Houston Items to Be Auctioned…Already - Earrings, dresses are on the block

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    • Whitney Houston - NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 23: Madame Tussauds wax figure of singer Whitney Houston is on display as Madame Tussauds New York hosts an interactive Super Bowl tailgate and retrospective honoring football legends and iconic Super Bowl performances at Madame Tussauds New York on January 23, 2014 in New York City.
    • Whitney Houston - NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 23: Madame Tussauds wax figures of singers Madonna, Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson are on display as Madame Tussauds New York hosts an interactive Super Bowl tailgate and retrospective honoring football legends and iconic Super Bowl performances at Madame Tussauds New York on January 23, 2014 in New York City.

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    A dress owned by Whitney Houston and a pair of earrings she wore in The Bodyguard will be auctioned off next month. A little bit too soon, no?

    A black velvet dress and the aforementioned earrings will be auctioned off at Hollywood Legends on March 31. With Houston's death still fresh in our memories, these items should go fast. But some also feel it's a bit tacky to profit so quickly from her death. However, the auctioneers actually want to preserve her memory and her place in pop cultural history.

    Julien's Auctions boss Darren Julien defended his decision to include the items in his long-planned sale which happening incredibly soon after Houston's death. She died on Feb. 11, but Julien is insisting the memorabilia is "part of history" following her passing.

    Julie told the Associated Press, "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. 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. 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."

    He continued, "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."

    Do you think these items are being auctioned too soon after the singer's death?

    —Maggie Pannacione
    02.22.12



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