Aretha Franklin’s se­quins and furs up for auc­tion in New York

The Observer - - News - Nosheen Iqbal

Aretha Franklin’s voice es­tab­lished her rep­u­ta­tion as the queen of soul, but her style was the stuff of le­gend. Last night fans had the chance to snap up more than 30 of her his­to­ry­mak­ing looks at a fash­ion auc­tion in New York.

Franklin, who was 76 when she died from can­cer in Au­gust, was known for an elab­o­rate and glitzy aes­thetic, heavy on se­quins, fur and feather boas. A pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion of her out­fits was held at the Hard Rock Cafe last week be­fore go­ing un­der the ham­mer.

High­lights of the Julien’s Auc­tions col­lec­tion in­cluded the red ruf­fled dress Franklin wore for a Ra­dio City Mu­sic Hall con­cert in 1991 and the re­gal cream gown she wore to Bill Clin­ton’s nom­i­na­tion ball.

Franklin sang for three presidents – Jimmy Carter, Clin­ton and Barack Obama – and was awarded the Pres­i­den­tial Medal of Free­dom by Ge­orge W Bush in his sec­ond term.

She died with­out mak­ing a will, leav­ing her niece as the ex­ecu­tor of her $80m es­tate.

Aretha Franklin in two of her 1990s out­fits in­cluded in the auc­tion.

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