Donna Summer’s possessions to be auctioned off at Christie's next month
Ephemera including annotated lyrics dresses, and awards will go on sale
The wardrobe and ephemera of the late disco legend Donna Summer are due to be auctioned off via Christie’s next month.
The collection includes a number of possessions once belonging to Summer, including rhinestone-studded dresses worn on stage, annotated lyric sheets, and unused shoes, Louis Vuitton towels, and more.
The collection is expected to fetch up between $200,000 and $300,000 when it goes on sale via Christie’s online auction on June 15. Bidding will continue until June 29.
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According to The New York Times, Donna Summer’s possessions have been sitting in the late disco star’s home in Nashville since her death in 2012. Her family have been hesitant to go through the items until recent years.
The collection also includes a silver goblet that she would drink from on stage, often filled with flat non-caffeinated Pepsi to stop the singer from “burping while singing”, her daughter Brooklyn Sudano explained.
The goblet is expected to sell for $400 to $500 when it hits auction next month, while possessions such as signed photographs, paintings by the artist, and a 1983 GRAMMY Award nomination will also go up for sale.
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A dress worn by Donna Summer during the music video for her 1983 hit ‘Unconditional Love’ will also hit the auction on June 15, as well as a Gold Record award for the 1978 track ‘Last Dance’.
A portion of all proceeds from the auction will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Save the Music Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Find out more about it here.
Earlier this year, HBO announced that a documentary in an ode to the late disco artist was in production. It landed on May 20.
[Via The New York Times]
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