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Sales of all things ‘Whitney’ have exploded in the wake of her passing. Her albums and singles are climbing the charts, fans are snapping up everything they can that relates to Whitney and her music. Celebrity auctioneer Darren Julian has taken note of the demand and will be placing some very rare Whitney-related items on the auction block late next month.

Darren Julien explained that following the soul diva’s death on February 11, items related to the star have become “historical memorabilia”. A black velvet dress and a pair of earrings the late singer wore in 1992 hit movie The Bodyguard will be sold to the highest bidder in just over a month. The items will be included in a selection of iconic movie souvenirs including Charlie Chaplin’s cane and Clark Gable’s jacket from Gone With The Wind.

“It proves a point that these items, they’re an investment. You buy items just like a stock. Buy at the right time and sell at the right time, and they just increase in value,” Julien told Fox News. “For people who are fans of Whitney Houston and never would have had a chance to meet her and never got to talk to her, these are items that literally touched a part of her life. They are a way to relate to her or be a part of her life without having known her.”

Houston’s black dress is worth around US$1,000 while the faux pearl earrings are valued at US$600 but both items are expected to go for much higher prices. A vest the I Will Always Love You singer wore in The Bodyguard is also available from US$400. They will form part of the Hollywood Legends auction set to take place on March 31 and April 1.

Collectors can bid online, by phone or in person and lots will be shown during a free public exhibition beginning on March 19 at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills.

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