By Jeff Cornell
A collection of Whitney Houston‘s personal items, including her wedding dress, passports and more will be auctioned off later this month.
According to Billboard, the legendary singer’s awards, red-carpet dresses and many other items will be up for bidding courtesy of Heritage Auctions on June 24 and 25. In a statement, Garry Shrum, the director of Entertainment and Music Memorabilia for the auction house said that Houston’s family reached out to the president of their company to coordinate the sell-off.
Shrum added, “We came up with this 119-piece collection that’s basically a retrospective of Whitney from the beginning, from when she first started singing after she left being a background singer for Chaka Khan and Lou Rawls.” The collection includes everything from Houston’s passport, various awards, outfits and “all kinds of cool and groovy things.”
One of the most interesting items in the huge collection is Whitney’s Marc Bouwer designed wedding dress, which she wore when she wed Bobby Brown in 1992. Other affects hitting the auction block include a jacket given to Whitney by her father with decorated with her childhood nickname “Nippy,” an autographed Japanese Disney coloring book and much more.
Shrum predicts the collection to command upwards of “half a million” dollars with a portion of the proceeds going to a charity of the family’s choice.
Whitney Houston, one of pop music’s all-time best-selling artists of all time, passed away back on February 11, 2012.