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 Monday that it was selling more than 100 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-ordinating 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.”
According to Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien’s Auctions, “These three outfits are so iconic and represent such an important song.”
The dozens of costumes, most of which were designed by Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Knowles Lawson, are expected to fetch between $600 and $10,000 each at the three-day auction in Beverly Hills running from June 11th to 13th.
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 go to MusiCares, the charitable arm of the Recording Academy that has helped musicians who are struggling because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Destiny’s Child, one of the most influential female groups of early 2000s, went through several line-ups and officially split in 2006. Beyoncé went on to forge a huge solo career.
Other items up for sale in June include an Atelier Versace gold gossamer gown worn by the late Whitney Houston for a performance in Paris in July 1998, and estimated to rake in $20,000 to $30,000. There is also the net bodysuit and motorcycle jacket outfit worn by Cher in the 1989 music video for “If I Could Turn Back Time” that last sold at auction five years ago for $60,000.