Stevens Auction's Nov. 21 sale, featuring 15 Whitney Houston dresses, has added exciting new items Fifteen gowns and dresses previously owned and worn by the late singer Whitney Houston will be sold alongside many exciting new items at Stevens Auction Company's Nov. 21st sale in Nashville, Tenn.
News-Antique.com - Nov 12,2015 - NASHVILLE, Tenn. Ė Fifteen gowns and dresses previously owned by Whitney Houston, some worn on-stage and others at events and galas, plus some of the late singing legendís personal effects Ė such as pins, costume jewelry and other stage items Ė will be sold at public auction on Saturday, Nov. 21st, by Stevens Auction Company, at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Resort.
The Whitney Houston items are the undisputed stars of the auction, but also sold will be many fine antique items, pulled from prominent estates and collections from Texas to the East coast. Included will be priceless American and European antiques, and a rare bronze door, estimated at about 1,600 pounds, possibly the most important antique bronze sculpture of a door ever offered.
Ms. Houstonís fifteen dresses and gowns are in pristine, like-new condition. All of them were important to the late singerís 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 singerís 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 Houstonís wardrobe were sold at auction. Then, in 2012, just weeks after the singerís death, another auction was held, this time in Beverly Hills.
At that sale, a bustier embellished with elaborate beading, rhinestones and pearls hammered for $19,200; the grey velvet gown Houston wore when she attended the Clive Davis pre-Grammy party with then-husband Bobby Brown in 1996 brought $11,520; and two sets of earrings and a vest worn in The Bodyguard (1992) fetched $8,500. In all, bidders paid a total of about $80,000.
The antiques and collectibles in the upcoming sale, in addition to the bronze door, will include period American furniture by renowned 19th century craftsmen such as the Herter Brothers and John H. Belter, artwork and many items never before offered to the public Ė around 350 lots in all. Most of the items, including the Houston dresses, may be seen at www.stevensauction.com.
Furniture pieces by Belter will include an excellent rosewood recamier (or fainting couch) and a matched pair of rosewood side chairs. Both the recamier and chairs are in the Tut Hill King pattern. A star lot from the Herter Brothers is a quality rosewood inlay parlor cabinet. Also sold will be truly