“There will be tears,” says Garry Shrum of Heritage Auctions. “It’s a very moving time for the family.”
While the family prepares to say goodbye to some of Houston’s treasured mementos, her ex-husband, Bobby Brown, is currently opening up about his relationship – drugs and all – with the late pop legend in his telling new memoir, Every Little Step.
But the timing of the sale is purely coincidental.
“It’s been in the works for a long time,” says Shrum. “We’ve got brilliant pieces that really re-create the highlights of her career. Dresses, an array of her awards … of course not nearly as many awards as are in her collection, though.”
Shrum, who helped consign the auction with items chosen by Houston’s mother, Cissy, and her sister-in-law Pat, says the reason for the sale isn’t just to raise money, but so fans and other people who loved the legend can also feel close to her.
“You’ve got all this stuff sitting at your house, and you only have so many walls and shelves and all the other stuff is sitting in boxes,” Shrum says. “At some point you say, ‘We need to share this stuff with the other people who love Whitney, and would love to have a piece of her history.’ ”
All of the items, including Whitney’s wedding dress and first passport, are accepting online bids now, and the live auction will be June 24-25 in Beverly Hills.
“There was nothing we turned away,” Shrum says of the mementos. “The family gave us the best stuff. There’s her favorite “Nippy” jacket that she wore on all her tours – you can’t get more personal than that.”