WHITNEY AUCTIONS OFF UNDIES
January 3, 2007 -- GETTING into Whitney Houston
's pants - as well as the superstar's bras and bustiers - will be a snap next week. All you'll have to do is to open your checkbook and spend big.
The Grammy-winning diva is selling off hundreds of her famous stage outfits and accessories, including intimate undergarments, at an Irvington, N.J., auction next week - an event that could earn her hundreds of thousands of dollars in welcome cash.
In an embarrassing financial scare last year, Houston - who's been in rehab for drugs and recently filed for divorce from Bobby Brown
- nearly lost her spectacular $6 million, 10-acre estate in Morris County because she owed tens of thousands of dollars in back taxes. But Tuesday's sale by A.J. Willner Auctions should be a small windfall for Houston, thanks to hundreds of her fans, as well as a number of impersonators, who are expected to whip the bidding into a frenzy.
Among the items on the block are 13 of Houston's Dolce & Gabbana bustier bras adorned with animal prints and sequins; four velvet bodysuits with "WH" logos; six black stretch pants; several gold, black, white and red evening dresses; and 16 wardrobe cases.
In addition, Houston is selling off musical instruments and props used in her stage shows over the years, including pianos, keyboards, drums, synthesizers, speakers and amplifiers. Among the more unusual items are a slot machine, a leather whip and a chair described as "Whitney's throne."
Some of her soon-to-be ex's possessions are also on the block, including "16 assorted Bobby Brown music awards."
Steve Newmark of A.J. Willner Auctions said there are no minimum bids for any of the items. "There are no starting prices and everything goes to the highest bidder," he said, adding that buyers are expected to pay in cash for the winning bids.
Houston's rep, Nancy Seltzer
, said the sale of 335 items had nothing to do with Houston's back-tax issues. "Many artists get rid of the old stage equipment and costuming they don't need any more. That is what is happening," she told Page Six.