Dallas-based Heritage Auctions will hold an auction June 24-25 in Beverly Hills, Calif., featuring items belonging to the late Grammy-winning singer Whitney Houston.
The lot includes more than 100 items, such as awards, clothing, shoes, jewelry, her wedding dress and even her license and passport.
For fans of Houston who are perhaps also basketball enthusiasts, there’s one pair of shoes that should be of interest. According to Heritage, Michael Jordan is believed to have given Houston a pair of his Air Jordan V sneakers following Game 3 of the 1990 Eastern Conference Finals. Jordan’s Chicago Bulls played the Detroit Pistons, and Houston performed the national anthem prior to the game.
The sneakers, which have silver metallic accents, are accompanied by a photograph of Houston and Jordan together. Heritage believes Jordan could have worn these shoes in that game, scoring 47 points to lift the Bulls over the Pistons 107-102.
Houston’s sister-in-law Pat Houston, president of Whitney’s estate, told Heritage that the singer loved basketball and was thrilled to meet Jordan.
“The very best in music meeting the very best in basketball — you know, that meant something to her,” said Pat Houston.
Also included is a later gift from Jordan: a signed copy of his 1998 book, “For the Love of the Game.” In it, Jordan wrote, “To Whitney, Still love your music. Much love, Michael Jordan.”
Heritage has set the opening bid at $10,000 and expects that it could bring in more than $20,000.
Fashion lovers might be more interested in a pair of Houston’s Dolce & Gabbana green satin embroidered pumps or a pair of her knee-high suede Christian Louboutin boots.