Aretha's gowns and more to be auctioned in NYC

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News
Aretha Franklin in December 2013.

If she was known for anything beyond her singing voice, Aretha Franklin was famous for her style. The Queen of Soul wasn't one to shy away from feathers, fur and sequins. 

Some of her former frocks are headed to an auction titled "Icons & Idols: Rock 'n' Roll" Nov. 9-10 at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City's Times Square and online. The auction includes more than 800 pieces by musicians including Franklin, Madonna, Kurt Cobain, David Bowie, Prince and Lou Reed. 

Julien's Auctions executive director Martin Nolan told the New York Daily News that they got 60 of Frankin's items from a collector shortly after her death. 

"It was just in time for the auction catalog," he said. 

The white satin, floor-length dress Franklin wore to perform at President Bill Clinton's second inauguration is part of the sale, along with a pearl-encrusted black sheath and matching jacket she wore to the 1993 Essence awards. 

This pearl-encrusted Aretha Franklin ensemble, worn at the 1993 Essence Awards, is estimated to bring $1000-$1,500 at auction.

According to Julien's Auctions, the Nov. 10 sale — which can be previewed by the public Nov. 5-9 — also includes a custom-made cropped tuxedo jacket worn by Madonna and actor Patricia Arquette in the 1985 film "Desperately Seeking Susan." 

Visit julienslive.com for more details. 


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