Although we don’t always love the hours of sifting through random memorabilia, auctions are generally a goldmine of fashion treasures. And last weekend’s “Hollywood Legends” sale at Julien’s Auctions was no exception. We did lag a little during the really geeky first half…costumes from Batman Returns, ET figurines and Princess Lea’s wig aren’t exactly Grazia’s idea of a good time, although during this section we did squeal at a signed picture of Walt Disney, and absolutely mountains of costumes from The Golden Girls!
Pricess Diana's Catherine Walker dress
However we really woke up when a white beaded Catherine Walker dress worn by Princess Diana worn in 1992 at a reception in Spencer House popped up. With one of the most hefty asking prices of £60,000-80,000, presumably bought by one of those elusive private collectors that snap up all the auction gems.
Black beaded dress worn by Whitney in 1994 seen in the Julien's auction catalogue.
Then rather sadly came a huge selection of outfits worn by Whitney Houston. Thirteen of Whitney’s dresses and stage costumes were acquired by the auction house from Whitney’s family and friends, though much of the pieces were originally put up for auction in 2007 under a court ordered debt auction of Whitney’s belongings.
Marc Bouwer lace suit (right) seen worn by Whitney on stage in the Julien's auction catalogue
Amongst these treasures was a black lace suit worn on stage by Whitney and designed by Marc Bouwer. Houston used Bouwer as her designer almost exclusively for two years in the 1990s and he also made her wedding dress when she tied the knot with Bobby Brown in 1992. The star of the show though was an extremely ornate beaded, rhinestone and pearl bustier. The original asking price for the stage-worn top was $4,000-$6000, but it sold for a rather staggering $18,750.
Whitney's bustier which sold for $18,750 as seen in the auction catalogue
We've also just got our hands on the trailer for the remake of the 1976 film Sparkle, which is starring Whitney Houston as a mother of three children that form a music group. In the film her newly famous girls struggle with fame and drug addictions. See the trailer below...