An auction of Whitney Houston memorabilia brought in $500,000 for her estate and featured items ranging from her elaborately beaded wedding gown to a pair of Nike Air Jordans gifted to the I Will Always Love You singer by Michael Jordan himself.
The sneakers — a pair of Air Jordan V Metallics embroidered with Michael Jordan’s number 23 — was the top seller at $20,000 including the $4,000 buyer’s premium. The MTV Video Music Award she won for “How Will I Know” in 1986 took in $16,250.
Some of Whitney’s eye-popping on-stage costumes hit the auction block including a magenta fur coat from Dolce & Gabbana, which had a starting bid of $1500 and sold for $16,250.
Despite her superstar status, the auction didn’t fetch quite the prices that were expected, according to a report from NJ.com. A black bedazzled Marc Bouwer jumpsuit went for merely $3,250.
One of the most personal items from the sale was the Newark native’s French lace wedding gown designed by Bouwer, which reportedly cost $40,000 but only sold for $15,000.
Not included in the sale was Whitney’s 1986 Emmy’s statuette, which she won for a televised performance on the Grammy Awards. Last week the Television Academy put a halt on the sale, saying the singer’s estate had no legal right to put the award up for auction.
The Garden State songstress died of an overdose in 2012 at the age of 48. Her only child and the heir to her estate, Bobbi Kristina Brown, died last year at age 22 under similar circumstances.