Whitney Houston at the 2009 American Music Awards.
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While it hasn't been that long since Whitney Houston passed away in a Beverly Hills hotel room on the eve of the 2012 Grammy Awards, those looking to sell pieces of her memory have begun to put items up for auction, namely dresses she owned as well as a pair of earrings she wore in The Bodyguard. In an auction entitled "Hollywood Legends," Houston's style memorabilia (including 15 dresses total) will go up for auction along with pieces that once belonged to Charlie Chaplin and Princess Diana. OK, wait. Is it just me or does this seem super duper fast? Like, let people MOURN for a sec, Auction House! Can you wait a bit until you start a freaking bidding war on Whitney's earrings for goodness sake? According to Julien's Auctions, this sort of accelerated selling isn't uncommon. "Her items can increase 10, 20, even 30 times compared to their previous value prior to her death," Julien tells the Daily News. "These items become part of history really." Hmmm, something about this seems very question-mark-above-head to me. Let's discuss.
Stills from Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' video.
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Julien's Auctions of Beverly Hills is kicking off a Music Icons auction on June 25, which features items from legends such as Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and Johnny Cash. (You may have heard of one of those dudes before.) But the star of the show is quite clearly the undeniable holy grail of performance fashion memorabilia: Michael Jackson's infamous red angular jacket from the 'Thriller' music video. Bidding on the MJ-signed jacket starts at a cool $100,000 and is estimated to rake in double, maybe even quadruple, that. (There are very few things we could justify someone spending that type of money on fashion-wise. This MIGHT be one of them. What an icon!) Don't have that kind of dough handy? That'sOK—we found some more pretty bananas items you could score for a little less moolah: a cow-hide Liberace jacket for lounging around the house, checkered pants worn on stage by Gene Simmons, a bustier signed by Madonna, and this totally ridic-amazing double-breasted lame suit Snoop Dogg wore in the video for "Sensual Seduction". Too bad Snoop is too tall for our size... we'd take two. More pictures of MJ's jacket after the jump!