DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Dozens of items that once belonged to the Queen of Soul go up on the auction block this weekend. Blouses, hats, movie memorabilia, even lingerie, long abandoned by Aretha Franklin will be for sale at a secret location in Metro Detroit on Saturday, Nov. 18.
Jill Pendergast, who is selling the items, said Franklin discarded the goods after a flood.
“Everything that could be salvageable was sent to a dry cleaners and it was abandoned there,” Pendergast told WWJ Newsradio 950. “It was never picked up, so it was sent over to Frisbie Moving and Storage in Detroit.”
“From my understanding, I believe that they had it approximately seven years and they wanted to get rid of it,” she said.
Along with clothing, there will also be household items including rugs.
“We have something for everyone, and I don’t want anyone to think that they can’t afford an iconic piece. Items are starting at $20,” said Pendergast.
The location of the auction will be announced on Saturday.
Franklin herself weighed in on the sale, according to the Associated Press, saying she’s curious about exactly what former belongings of hers might be sold.
Franklin said in a statement to The Detroit News that she has no connection to Saturday’s planned sale, but she “wouldn’t mind seeing the items, just to see what they are.”
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