Own a Piece of Music History: Items from Aretha Franklin’s Stage Wardrobe Are Going to Auction

Aretha Franklin performs at The House of Blues on Nov. 21, 2008 in West Hollywood, California.
Aretha Franklin performs at The House of Blues on Nov. 21, 2008 in West Hollywood, California.
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A portion of music legend Aretha Franklin’s extensive wardrobe will be up for auction on Saturday, Nov. 10, at New York City’s Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square. World-breaking auction house, Julien’s Auctions, which specializes in film, music, sports, and art auctions, will be selling more than 30 stage dresses and accessories worn by the Queen of Soul as part of the Los Angeles-based auction house’s two-day music extravaganza, Icons & Idols: Rock-n-Roll.


Franklin’s collection will be presented alongside items and recordings from Michael Jackson (including his Bad jacket and gloves), Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Destiny’s Child, the custom-made “Pyramid” jacket worn by Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan, and more.

A famed auction house, Julien’s has twice received placements in the Guinness Book of World Records, first in 2009 for the $480,000 sale of Michael Jackson’s white glove, then in 2016 for the sale of Marilyn Monroe’s “Happy Birthday Mr. President” dress, which was the world’s most expensive dress ever sold at auction, for $4.8 million.

One can only wonder what one of the Queen of Soul’s legendarily over-the-top stage outfits will ultimately go for, but we’re pretty sure it’s out of our budget.

But if it’s not above yours and you’d love to own a piece of Aretha’s incredible history, you can find out more by checking out Julien’s Auctions on their website, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


The Glow Up tip: If you’re in the New York City area and want to see these legendary items, Julien’s Auctions is hosting a free-to-the-public exhibition Monday, Nov. 5 - Friday, Nov. 9 from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. EDT daily at the Hard Rock Times Square, 1501 Broadway, New York City.

Maiysha Kai is managing editor of The Glow Up, host of The Root Presents: It's Lit! podcast and Big Beauty Tuesdays, and your average Grammy-nominated goddess next door. May I borrow some sugar?