Whitney Houston may be gone, but her presence is still being felt. Particularly on the auction block.A number of items once belonging to the deceased singer, who died in February at age 48, commanded slightly more than $82,000 at an auction this weekend, with most items drawing much higher bids than they were originally estimated to bring in.
The highest-selling Houston item, a beaded bustier that had been sold during a 2007 court-ordered debt auction, drew $18,750. In the catalogue for the auction, the estimated value is listed as $4,000 to $6,000.
Also commanding a handsome price: a grey velvet gown that Houston wore to her mentor Clive Davis‘ pre-Grammys party in 1996. The gown, which was also sold during Houston’s 2007 debt auction, pulled in $11,520, and had been listed in the catalogue in the $1,000-$2,000 range.
The items were sold off as part of the Hollywood Legends auction held in Beverly Hills by Julien’s Auctions. Other items up for bid included a bowler hat, cane and suit owned by film icon Charlie Chaplin and a Christian Dior gown worn by Grace Kelly.
A vest and two pairs of earrings worn by Houston in her breakthrough film “The Bodyguard” were also auctioned off, raking in a combined $8,700.
Houston was pronounced dead on Feb. 11 after being found submerged in the bathtub in her room at the Beverly Hilton hotel by a member of her personal staff. An autopsy later determined that she died of accidental drowning, and that cocaine and heart disease contributed to her death.
NOW WATCH: Briefing videos
Business Insider Emails & Alerts
Site highlights each day to your inbox.