Aretha Franklin dresses, hats to be auctioned in November

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin famously sang at the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama. Her fashionable designer hat (not part of the auction) caused a sensation. Photo: Cecilio Ricardo, U.S. Air Force

NEW YORK (AP) – More than 30 dresses and accessories worn on stage by Aretha Franklin will be auctioned on November 10, 2018 at The Hard Rock Cafe in New York City.

The Queen of Soul died at age 76 in Detroit on Aug. 16.

Julien’s Auctions says the items to be sold include: a red with sequined interior dress designed by Arnold Scassi with a matching sequin romper worn on stage Sept 13, 1991 at Radio City music Hall; a St. John knit jacket worn Sept 29, 1999 at the National Medal of Arts Ceremony with President Clinton in Washington D.C.; a black Oleg Cassini dress worn at the ESSENCE Awards in 1993 with Lena Horne and Tina Turner; a denim jacket given only to the crew members of the film The Blues Brothers; a Judith Ann Plus dress worn in concert and on the cover of Jet magazine; and a pink beaded bustier and pink skirt worn April 17, 1993 in the Duets Concert AIDS benefit for the Gay Men’s health crisis.

Also included are a Jean Claude Jitrois silver leather jumpsuit with clear plastic circles inserted; a light green suit worn on TV for Oprah Winfrey’s 40th birthday; and a Bill Beleu design of a sparkling black dress with a high slit and asymmetrical sleeves; as well as hats, shoes and more.

“Julien’s Auctions is honored to present this auction event celebrating the tremendous talents, power and grace of America’s greatest singer of all time, Aretha Franklin,” said Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien’s Auctions. “On and off the stage, Ms. Franklin was also a great fashion legend and this collection of her most show-stopping looks demonstrates why she was not only the queen of soul but the queen of style.”

The items will go on display between Nov. 5 and Nov. 9. at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York. The auction will take place in person and online through LiveAuctioneers on Nov. 10 as part of a two-day Icons & Idols: Rock-N-Roll at the Hard Rock.


Auction Central News contributed to this report.

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