Whitney Houston fans may finally have a chance to own some of the superstar's personal belongings up for bidding at an estate auction Thursday and Friday.
The singer's awards, concert posters, and even her wedding dress are among the 119 items available at the live bidding at Heritage Auction in Beverly Hills.
"It's an amazing selection, dating back three decades," said auction director Gary Schrum. "It's an extravaganza."
The family contacted the auction house almost four years after the singer's death to set up the auction. Schrum explained that this was common for a late celebrities' family to do, that they always had "oodles of stuff" and that a family can only display and enjoy so much.
He said that it was time for fans to finally be able to own something of Houston's.
"[Houston] still has 14 million friends on Facebook. There are so many people who want to own stuff by her, and each item has meaning behind it for someone," Schrum said.
Notable pieces include an Emmy the singer won for "Saving All My Love for You" at the 1986 Grammys, and her one-of-a-kind wedding dress from her nuptials to singer Bobby Brown in 1992.
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One of Schrum's favorite pieces in the auction is one of Whitney Houston's passports from the '80s and '90s. He said the passport was "from the peak of her career" and highlighted the many countries she visited while touring.
A portion of the proceeds from the Houston estate auction will go a the Marion P. Foundation, a charity helping local teens make "positive choices," according to the foundation's mission statement.
There will also be memorabilia from other celebrities at the live auction, like the late singer Prince's yellow guitar that he performed with from the late 1980's to the mid-1990's, Heritage spokesperson Eric Bradley said in a press release.
Schrum expected bidding for the guitar to reach the six-figure range.
Amid all the glitz and glam, there is controversy surrounding the auction.
The Academy claims Houston signed an agreement promising her Houston’s 1986 Emmy award would never be sold. But the auction house says they’ve sold nearly a dozen similar statues since 2007.
The Academy hasn’t provided proof of any agreement with Houston. In a statement, Heritage Auctions said the Houston family personally provided the statue for sale and it’s repeatedly asked the Academy for proof of the agreement. The academy has not responded to NBC4's requests for comment. Barring a judge’s order, the Emmy remains for sale with an opening bid of $10,000, which would be the most the auction house has ever sold for one of he statues.
The items have been open to bidding online for a couple of weeks, and will be present at the live auction on Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those who cannot bid in person can make offers online or over the phone during the live bidding, Bradley said.
The full list of Houston's items that are up for bidding are listed on the Heritage Auction website with photos and current bid prices.
John Cádiz Klemack contributed to this report.