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OTRC: Whitney Houston items up for auction include dress and 'Bodyguard' earrings

Three items that once belonged to Whitney Houston are set to go up for auction in March, according to the Associated Press.

A black velvet dress that belonged to the singer, a vest and a pair of earrings she wore in the 1992 film "The Bodyguard" will be on the auction block by celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien, who auctioned off items from Michael Jackson's last residence in December.

The three items, which became available after the singer's death on February 11, are part of a long-planned sale of Hollywood memorabilia. The sale also includes Charlie Chaplin's cane and Clark Gable's jacket from "Gone With the Wind."

"It proves a point that these items, they're an investment," Julien told the wire service. "You buy items just like a stock. Buy at the right time and sell at the right time, and they just increase in value."

"It's a celebration of her life," Julien added. "If you hide these things in fear that you're going to offend someone - her life is to be celebrated. These items are historic now that she passed. They become a part of history. They should be in museums. She's lived a life and had a career that nobody else has ever had."

Houston was pronounced dead at age 48 at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California on February 11, a day before the 2012 Grammy Awards.

A memorial service was held for the singer on February 18 and included guests like Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder.

Houston's body was laid to rest on February 19 at the Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey, where Houston was buried next to her father, John Russell Houston Jr., who died in 2003.

The singer's floor-length black dress, which is pictured above, is valued at $1,000 but will likely be sold for much more. The vest she wore in "The Bodyguard," listed at $400, and the faux-pearl earrings that start at $600, are also expected to sell well.

Kevin Costner, her co-star in "The Bodyguard," gave an emotional speech that touched on their shared childhood experience growing up in Baptist churches, casting her in her iconic first role and her unwarranted insecurities.

Collectors and fans can bid online, by phone or in person during the "Hollywood Legends" auction on March 31 and April 1. Lots will be shown during a free public exhibition beginning March 19 at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California.

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