Aretha Franklin’s gowns, accessories go up for auction

Some dazzling items from the Queen of Soul’s wardrobe were sold for a good cause.

Aretha Franklin’s style was almost as iconic as her voice, and this past weekend, deep-pocketed fans and spectators got the opportunity to buy more than 30 of her legendary outfits and accessories.

Organized by Julien’s Auctions at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York over two days, the auction was part of an Icons & Idols: Rock-N-Roll event with all proceeds going to the Prince’s Trust, aiding disadvantaged children in the UK.

The Queen of Soul, who died in August at the age of 76, was famed for her flamboyant and extravagant outfits, which were laden with sequins, sparkles and feather boas.


Amongst the items auctioned off were: a pink tulle dress which she wore to a 1993 AIDS benefit concert, at $10,000; a white, three-piece evening gown she wore when she serenaded Luciano Pavarotti in 1998, at $8,750; and a black-and-red outfit she wore to a 1991 Radio City Music Hall concert, at $7,500.

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