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Aretha Franklin’s Dresses Are Going On Auction

By Chidirim Ndeche 08 September 2018   |   6:00 pm

Weeks after Aretha Franklin’s death, an auction house on Friday announced the sale of more than 30 dresses worn by the Queen of Soul.

On July 25, 2012, singer Aretha Franklin performs at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California. KEVIN WINTER / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Julien’s Auctions said the outfits would go on sale along with items from other musical icons on November 9 and 10 in New York.

Franklin’s outfits, expected to fetch up to $4,000 each, include a red sequined dress designed by Arnold Scaasi, the late designer best known for dressing US first ladies, which Franklin wore at a 1991 performance at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

This combination of photos released by Julien’s Auctions shows various outfits belonging to the late singer Aretha Franklin. Photo: ABC News

Other highlights include a knit jacket by luxury brand St. John that Franklin sported when she was presented the National Medal of the Arts in 1999 by president Bill Clinton.

Julien’s Auction did not reveal the owners of the outfits.

Franklin, who grew up singing in her father’s church and seized on her explosive voice to fuel songs such as Respect and (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, died on August 16 from cancer.

For her public viewing in her home of Detroit, she was dressed in a different outfit each of the three days.

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