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