WHITNEY HOUSTON‘s just freshly in the ground, but her clothes are already up for auction. Are her family that anxious to get as much money as possible from her death?

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Up for bid at Julienne’s Auctions are a black velvet dress, pearl drop earrings, and a brown embroidered satin vest Whitney wore in her top-grossing 1992 film, “The Bodyguard. Julienne’s specializes in entertainment memorabilia, and the late six-time Grammy winner’s effects above will go to the highest bidder next month…

Whitney‘s barely been dead a week, and her family have made sure they’ve stripped the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel room where she died of all personal effects (and anything else that can be lifted, apparently) to prevent souvenir seekers from making off with sundry items. Or are the Houston family planning to sell those off, too? They’ve already shopped out the funeral footage, in any case. And now Whitney‘s movie memorabilia are going on the block, as well.

“It proves a point that these items, they’re an investment,”

Darren Julien, celebrity auctioneer of Julienne’s Auctions said.

“You buy items just like a stock. Buy at the right time and sell at the right time, and they just increase in value.”

Poor Whitney. Is she, in death, simply a stock option now?

“It’s a celebration of her life,”

Julien defends the auction, which is set for March 31 and April 1.

“If you hide these things in fear that you’re going to offend someone — her life is to be celebrated. These items are historic now that she passed. They become a part of history. They should be in museums. She’s lived a life and had a career that nobody else has ever had.”

“For people who are fans of Whitney Houston and never would have had a chance to meet her and never got to talk to her, these are items that literally touched a part of her life. They are a way to relate to her or be a part of her life without having known her.”

So for Whitney Houston fans who’re raring to get a chance to get into a bidding war over snippets of her life, the singer’s floor-length black dress is valued at $1,000 but is likely to collect much more. Same goes for the vest she wore in “The Bodyguard,” listed at $400, and the faux-pearl earrings that start at $600.

Photo By PR Photos / Via Julienne’s Auctions

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