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Whitney Houston memorabilia up for auction

Whitney Houston memorabilia will be included in an auction selling historical Hollywood items.

A black velvet dress and a pair of earrings the late singer wore in 1992 hit movie The Bodyguard will be sold to the highest bidder in just over a month.

Celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien explained that following the soul diva's shocking death on February 11, items related to the star have become "historical memorabilia".

The items will be included in a selection of iconic movie souvenirs including 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. You buy items just like a stock. Buy at the right time and sell at the right time, and they just increase in value," Julien told Fox News. "For people who are fans of Whitney Houston and never would have had a chance to meet her and never got to talk to her, these are items that literally touched a part of her life. They are a way to relate to her or be a part of her life without having known her."

Whitney's black dress is worth around $1,000 while the faux pearl earrings are valued at $600 but both items are expected to go for much higher prices.

A vest the I Will Always Love You singer wore in The Bodyguard is also available from $400.

They will form part of the Hollywood Legends auction set to take place on March 31st and April 1st.

Collectors can bid online, by phone or in person and lots will be shown during a free public exhibition beginning on March 19 at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills.

"It's a celebration of her life. 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," Julien added.

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