Whitney Houston Estate Auctioning Off Emmy Award, Tons of Personal Memorabilia
The Whitney Houston Estate is opening up the late singer’s personal effects for purchase. An auction of the singer’s items will be made available for auction in a special two-day auction on June 24th and 25. The event, which is being conducted by California-based auctioneers Heritage Auctions, will include more than 100 pieces of memorabilia, according to Rolling Stone.
“We felt that it was time to give something of Whitney to the people who loved her and her music and, conversely, who Whitney loved back with all of her heart and soul,” said Pat Houston, the president of the Whitney Houston Estate.
Among the items being auctioned is the Emmy Award that Houston won for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program, for her performance at the 28th Grammy Awards in 1986. In addition to being owned by the legendary singer, the award is all the more rare because it has since been retired by the Television Academy, with the last award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program being awarded in 2008 (to Don Rickles for Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project).
I don’t know if I necessarily buy the estate’s line of reasoning for the auction, but then, you’d think the estate wouldn’t exactly be hurting for money. So maybe they really do just want to give fans a chance to own a piece of their favorite singer, ethics be damned. Strangely, I would imagine most of her most ardent fans probably aren’t going to be able to afford most of this stuff anyway. I mean, who has $10,000 to buy an Emmy? Still, I could see a lot of these personal effects being snapped up by general entertainment collectors. I guess we’ll see.
But what do you think of the decision to auction off Whitney Houston’s things? Is it wrong, or does it just not matter? Sound off in the comments!
And for more on the Whitney Houston Estate, find out why Pat Houston canceled the performance between Christina Aguilera and a Whitney Houston hologram for The Voice 2016 finale!