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Whitney Houston's dress and earrings up for auction

Several personal items belonging to the late Whitney Houston are due to go under the hammer next month. 

Despite the fact that the icon only passed away on February 11, an auction has been confirmed to take place on March 31 and April 1 that will include a black velvet dress and a pair of earrings worn by Houston in her popular film, The Bodyguard.  

Darren Julien, the auctioneer, explained in an official statemement that the auction's timing isn't in bad taste and that it should be looked upon as a celebration of the star's life and career:

"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," Julien said. "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."

 

 

 

Fans of Houston's will be able to bid for the items online, in person or over the telephone during the 'Hollywood Legends' auction and the lots will be displayed as part of a free public exhibition from March 19. 

Watch coverage of Houston's recent funeral from CNN below:

 

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