Whitney Houston Bodyguard Tour dresses up for auction
A collection of gowns and dresses worn by singing legend Whitney Houston are heading to auction in Nashville this November.
Fifteen outfits owned by the late performer will cross the block at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Resort, as part of a special sale by the Stevens Auction Company on November 21.
The outfits were all part of Houston's Bodyguard World Tour in 1993-94, the biggest tour of her career which saw her perform 119 shows across five continents. Having starred in The Bodyguard alongside Kevin Costner, Houston's soundtrack album for the film became the biggest-selling of all time, with an incredible 45 million copies sold around the world.
The Bodyguard Tour is seen by many fans as the peak of Houston's career, and the outfits were worn by a star at the height of her powers. However, following the tour the outfits were placed into storage in New Jersey and, for reasons unknown, remained unclaimed for years.
The dresses and gowns are described as being in "pristine, like-new condition", and have not been viewed publically since Houston wore them on-stage more than 20 years ago. Amongst the highlights is a gold and white dress by renowned designer Bob Mackie, whose celebrity clients have included Diana Ross, Cher and Liza Minelli.
In recent years the value of Houston's memorabilia has risen, following her tragic, untimely death in 2012.
A Julien's auction in Beverly Hills saw a selection of her outfits sell for between $10,000-$20,000 each, and expectations are high that the pieces offer by Stevens Auctions could achieve similar sums.
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