Sunday Times

Dazzling regalia of pop queens go on the block


● Stage costumes worn by pop group Destiny’s Child at the height of their fame are hitting the auction block in June, along with gowns belonging to Lady Gaga, Whitney Houston and Cher.

Julien’s Auctions said this week it was selling more than 100 lots of costumes owned and used by Destiny’s Child members Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

The outfits include the co-ordinated gold leather costumes worn by the three Survivor singers during a

VH1 television tribute to Diana Ross in 2000, and the trio of futuristic metallic red-and-silver leather jumpsuits the women wore in their Independen­t Women Part 1 music video that was the theme song for the 2000 movie Charlie’s Angels.

The costumes, most of which were designed by Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Knowles Lawson, are expected to fetch between $600 (R8,800) and $10,000 each at the three-day auction in Beverly Hills on June 11-13.

Julien’s said the outfits were donated by the families of the Destiny’s

Child singers after spending years in storage. A portion of the proceeds will benefit MusiCares, the charitable arm of the Recording Academy that has helped musicians who are struggling because of the coronaviru­s pandemic.

Other items up for sale include an Atelier Versace gold gossamer gown worn by Houston for a performanc­e in Paris in July 1998 (estimated at $20,000-$30,000), and the net bodysuit worn by Cher in the 1989 music video for

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