Aretha Franklin's Classic Gowns & Accessories Sold at New York Auction

Aretha Franklin
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Aretha Franklin performs onstage at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Commemorates Its 25th Year And Honors Founder Sir Elton John During New York Fall Gala at Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Nov. 7, 2017 in New York City.  

Julien's Auctions in New York City held a two-day "Icons & Idols: Rock-N-Roll" extravaganza at the Hard Rock Café this weekend (Nov. 9-10) and over 30 items worn by the late Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin were on the block during the event. Among the items that went for big bucks was Franklin's pink silk two-piece Bill Blass-designed gown worn at the Duets concert AIDS benefit in 1993, which fetched $10,000, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The singer's black silk hat adorned with black feathers, black fishnet and white silk flowers (wore at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opening ceremony in 1995) was sold for $3,125. A strapless white silk evening gown and a satin coat worn by the singer at the 1998 Grammy's pre-party sold for $8,750.

Other items included a romper made of black silk chiffon embellished with embroidery and a red silk knee-length vest with matching romper that were worn by the Queen of Soul at the Radio City Music Hall in 1991 ($7,500). 

The auction's proceeds went to the Prince’s Trust, benefiting the charity’s mission of helping disadvantaged young people in the U.K. The exhibition featured more than 800 items from music heavyweights Prince, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Elvis PresleyThe Beatles and Madonna. 


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