Julien's Auctions in New York City held a two-day "Icons & Idols: Rock-N-Roll" extravaganza on the Hard Rock Café this weekend (Nov. 9-10) and over 30 gadgets worn by the late Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin have been on the block throughout the occasion. Among the gadgets that went for large bucks was Franklin's pink silk two-piece Bill Blass-designed robe worn on the Duets live performance AIDS profit in 1993, which fetched $10,000, in response to the Detroit Free Press.
The singer's black silk hat adorned with black feathers, black fishnet and white plastic flowers (wore at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opening ceremony in 1995) was bought for $three,125. A strapless white silk night robe and a satin coat worn by the singer on the 1998 Grammy's pre-party bought for $eight,750.
Other gadgets included a romper manufactured from black silk chiffon embellished with embroidery and a purple silk knee-length vest with matching romper that have been worn by the Queen of Soul on the Radio City Music Hall in 1991 ($7,500).
The public sale's proceeds went to the Prince’s Trust, benefiting the charity’s mission of serving to deprived younger folks within the U.Okay. The exhibition featured greater than 800 gadgets from music heavyweights Prince, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Madonna.