Aretha Franklin: Spectacular Stage Gowns Go to Auction

Fans can bid on 30+ "stage-worn dresses" as well as hats and accessories worn by the icon.

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"Icons & Idols: ROCK-N-ROLL Property from the Career of Aretha Franklin" auction is set for Nov. 10, 2018 at Hard Rock Cafe Times Square in New York City.
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"Icons & Idols: ROCK-N-ROLL Property from the Career of Aretha Franklin" auction is set for Nov. 10, 2018 at Hard Rock Cafe Times Square in New York City.
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In the collection: "A midnight-blue velour floor-length dress... custom-made for the singer and most likely worn onstage." Bids expected to be $2,000 to $3,000.
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This "tomato-red rayon" gown may go for anywhere between $500 to $700.
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Gold bugle beads are the theme of this train-beautiful gown. Look for a range of $600 to $800.
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KARK
A velvet symphony with gold-hued beads and sequins at the bodice. Included: a matching scarf. Expected to reach $600 to $800 during bidding.
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Ms. Franklin wore this gown when she performed with James Taylor at Bill Clinton's inaugural celebration in January 1997. Look for a possible final bid in the $2,000 to $3,000 range.
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Ms. Franklin donned this dramatic outfit at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in September 1991. "Arnold Scassi" is seen on the label. Estimate $2,000 to $3,000
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A close-up of the romper's intricate sequin work.
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KARK
A red polyester suit "most likely worn by the singer in her personal life." The labels read Sioni and Criscione/New York. Estimate: $300 to $500
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A cocktail dress with "kimono-style sleeves" is estimated at $300 to $500.
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A "black velvet cloche adorned with spiky black plumes on the left side" with a label that reads Frank Olive/The/Gold Standard" has an estimate of $300 to $500.
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A striped sun hat, in nylon, was made in France.
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Gold brocade and rhinestones festoon this fetching chapeau. Estimate: $400 to $600
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Peruse the full "Icons & Idols: ROCK-N-ROLL Property from the Career of Aretha Franklin" collection, including this ivory-hued wool hat, at Julien's Auctions ahead of the Nov. 10 event in New York.
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