Fifteen of Whitney Houston's dresses, plus a bunch of her other personal effects, will be sold at auction on November 21 by Stevens Auction Company at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Resort.
From a press release:
Ms. Houston's fifteen dresses and gowns are in pristine, like-new condition. All of them were important to the late singer's career and the public will be viewing them for the first time since she wore them and they went into storage. Perhaps the most important one of the group is a gold and white dress designed by Bob Mackie. All the dresses, though, are seen as highly collectible.
The dresses and personal effects are from the late singer's Bodyguard World Tour, launched on the heels of the hit movie The Bodyguard (starring Ms. Houston and Kevin Costner) and taking her to numerous countries on five continents, from July 1993 to November 1994. At the end of the tour, the items were placed into storage at a New Jersey facility, where they sat undisturbed.
For reasons that are still unclear, storage fees went unpaid and piled up over the course of many years. Finally, a court ordered that some of the items be sold at auction to satisfy that debt. In 2007, five dresses and three ensembles from Houston's wardrobe were sold at auction. Then, in 2012, just weeks after the singer's death, another auction was held, this time in Beverly Hills.