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Fit for a Queen: Dresses worn by Aretha Franklin to be auctioned in November


Jamie McCarthy/Getty ImagesA variety of dresses worn by Aretha Franklin will go up for bid on the second day of a music memorabilia auction scheduled for November 9 and 10 at the Hard Rock Café in New York City. The items, which include more than 30 stage-worn dresses and accessories, will be part of Julien’s Auctions’ “Icons & Idols: Rock-n-Roll” sale.

Among the pieces of apparel being auctioned are a knit jacket Franklin wore at the 1999 National Medal of Arts Ceremony; a black Oleg Cassini dress she sported during the 1993 Essence Awards; a light-green suit she donned for a TV appearance celebrating Oprah Winfrey‘s 40th birthday; a denim jacket given exclusively to crew members of the 1980 film The Blues Brothers; and a red-sequin dress created by designer Arnold Scaasi that Aretha wore in September 1991 at Radio City Music Hall.

The items are estimated to sell for between $800 and $4,000.

“Julien’s Auctions is honored to present this auction event celebrating the tremendous talents, power and grace of America’s greatest singer of all time, Aretha Franklin,” says the auction house’s executive director, Martin Nolan. “On and off the stage, Ms. Franklin was also a great fashion legend and this collection of her most show-stopping looks demonstrates why she was not only the queen of soul but the queen of style.”

Buyers will be able to bid in person and online at Some of the memorabilia being auctioned will be displayed at the Hard Rock Café between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET from Monday, November 5, through Friday, November 9. The auction will feature two sessions on November 9 and 10 — at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET.

Aretha died on August 16 of pancreatic cancer. She was 76.

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