Whitney Houston’s personal belongings—119, to be exact—are reportedly being put up for auction at the end of the month. Items include Houston’s passports, various awards, red carpet dresses and most notably, the elaborate Marc Bouwer dress she wore when she married Bobby Brown in 1992, according to Billboard.
“The [Houston] family actually reached out to the president of our company,” Garry Shrum, director of Entertainment and Music Memorabilia at Heritage Auctions, said in a statement to Billboard. “My colleague Margaret Barrett and I went out to New Jersey and listened to what they wanted to do. We gave them some ideas, they gave us some ideas, and we came up with this 119-piece collection that’s basically a retrospective of Whitney from the beginning, from when she first started singing after she left being a background singer for Chaka Khan and Lou Rawls. We have her passport from the beginning, all these various awards and outfits, all kinds of cool and groovy things.”
Billboard reports that some of the items are as sentimental as a jacket gifted to Houston by her father that includes her childhood nickname. There’s also reportedly a Japanese Disney coloring book, which Houston colored and autographed. “Her and Michael [Jackson], they loved Disney stuff,” Shrum said.
Shrum predicted the auction will bring in at least $500,000, and a portion of the proceeds will go to charity. The auction will take place on June 24 and 25 at Heritage Auctions. Head on over to Billboard to see pictures of some of the items.
Sneak a peek of Lifetime’s Whitney original movie here.