Career items from Beyoncé Knowles, Cher, Madonna & more at Julien’s Auctions

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“Independent Women Part 1” music video costumes left to right worn by Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child.
“Independent Women Part 1” music video costumes left to right worn by Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Julien’s Auctions announced today Music Icons, the world record-breaking auction house to the stars’ annual music extravaganza taking place three days on Friday, June 11th, Saturday, June 12th and Sunday, June 13th 2021 live at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills and online at juliensauctions.com.

The initial lineup of auction headliners announced during this year’s Women’s History Month celebration stars a who’s who of trailblazing sheroes whose splendid artistry, ground breaking careers, and unprecedented achievements have changed the music industry and broken-down doors for the next generation of music icons who followed their extraordinary paths.

Headlining this marquee of powerhouse female music icons will be a sensational collection of items from Destiny’s Child’s GRAMMY Award-winning career. Over 100 lots owned and used by the R&B/pop supergroup’s most famous lineup of members: Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams and Beyoncé Knowles, with 28 GRAMMYs recently made history as the top GRAMMY-winning woman and breaking other records including tying with super-producer Quincy Jones for the most GRAMMY wins, will be presented, along with items from original members of the group. A portion of proceeds of this collection will benefit MusiCares, the leading music industry charity, to provide aid to music people devastated by COVID-19. MusiCares provides the music community a support system of health and human services across a spectrum of need including physical and mental health, addiction recovery, unforeseen personal emergencies and disaster relief.

Destiny’s Child’s spectacular costumes and wardrobe designed by Tina Knowles-Lawson from their pop culture defining television and music video performances and appearances, custom-made red carpet and event worn ensembles, as well as personal items, accessories, studio gear and memorabilia will take the auction stage. Top lots include (with estimates): a white leather Gianni Versace bodice worn by Destiny’s Child while performing “Survivor” in San Remo circa 2002 ($8,000 – $10,000); a black leather mini skirt embellished with silver tone studs worn by Destiny’s Child to the 1998 MTV European Music Awards in Milan, Italy and while performing “Ghetto Superstar” with Pras at the event ($600 – $800); custom-made gold leather costumes worn by Destiny’s Child on stage during the VH1 Divas 2000: A Tribute to Diana Ross at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York and while performing at the TMF Awards at Ahoy in Rotterdam, Netherlands in 2000 including a 1960s style mini dress with cutouts to the sides, a sleeveless cropped top and bell bottom trousers and a pair of bell bottom trousers with white faceted glass trim ($3,000 – $5,000); a trio of custom-made leather bodices stage worn by Destiny’s Child while performing on The Tonight Show in 2000 ($4,000 – $6,000); custom-made magenta fringed suede costumes stage worn by Destiny’s Child while performing at the BET Awards show, in Las Vegas and at Capital FM Party in the Park for the Prince’s Trust in 2001 in London ($4,000 – $6,000);

Destiny’s Child’s “Independent Women Part 1” music video custom-made metallic red and silver leather jumpsuit costumes ($4,000 – $6,000); a group of custom-made black leather costumes with white faceted glass embellishment worn by Destiny’s Child, while performing during the Summer Jam 2000 at Riverport Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights ($4,000 – $6,000); Destiny’s Child’s custom-made white leather bodices embellished with scattered white faceted glass worn while performing “Independent Women” at the 2000 VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards ($4,000 – $6,000); a figure hugging black leather dress worn by Destiny’s Child in a 2001 photo shoot that was featured in multiple magazines and on the August 2001 cover of Sophisticate’s Black Hair Styles and Care Guide ($4,000 – $6,000); custom-made white leather costumes stage worn by Destiny’s Child while performing at The 69th Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting in New York City in 2001 ($1,000 – $2,000); an embellished figure hugging emerald green custom-made gown worn by Destiny’s Child to the GRAMMY Awards in 2001 where Destiny’s Child won five GRAMMY Awards ($1,000 – $2,000); Destiny’s Child’s Avid C/24 mixing controller together with a custom-made console ($2,000 – $4,000); the band’s studio used Miktek CV4 microphone ($1,000 – $2,000); a pair of cherry red bikini tops with metallic flecks worn by Destiny’s Child while performing at for a photograph at MTV’s Spring Break 2000 in Cancun, Mexico ($1,000 – $2,000) and more.

Selling over 150 million records worldwide, Destiny’s Child is considered one of the greatest female acts of all time whose five studio albums, their 1997 self-titled debut, 1999’s The Writing’s on the Wall, 2001’s Survivor, 2004’s Destiny Fulfilled and their 2005 greatest hits album #1s, brought the world their smash hit singles and female empowerment anthems accompanied by their music videos that featured their spectacular choreography and distinctive, iconoclastic fashion style, including “No, No, No,” “Survivor,” “Jumpin’ Jumpin,” “Lose My Breath,” “Soldier,” as well as their number-one hits, “Bills, Bills, Bills,” “Say My Name,” “Bootylicious,” and “Independent Woman Part 1,” the theme song from the Charlie’s Angels film soundtrack, which spent eleven consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and became the longest running number one single of that year.

Destiny’s Child’s numerous awards and accolades include three GRAMMY awards and fourteen GRAMMY nominations, four American Music Awards, eleven Billboard Music Awards, two BET Awards, a Hollywood Walk of Fame, two MTV Video Music Awards, five NAACP Image Awards, six World Music Awards, induction into the Young Hollywood Hall of Fame, a Guinness World Record for longest-running number-one song on the Hot 100 by a girl group and more.

An exciting highlight of the auction will be the appearance of one of Cher’s most signature looks –a black jersey and net cut out bodysuit and matching black motorcycle jacket immortalized in her iconic hit song and music video, “If I Could Turn Back Time.” The sparkling pink and white punched stoned ensemble designed by legendary designer Bob Mackie has been worn by the pop diva during numerous concert performances and was originally sold by Julien’s Auctions in Property From the Collection of Cher auction in 2006 for $60,000, thirty times its original estimate (photo left). The buyer has re-consigned this ensemble to Julien’s upcoming Music Icons auction while another famous Cher fashion statement-making outfit, her custom-made Bob Mackie Ray Aghayan slender-fitting striped jersey halter gown worn while performing “Top of the World” with husband Sonny Bono on The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, will head to the auction stage.

Another showstopper comes from one of the most lauded female artists of all time, Whitney Houston, whose embellished flesh tone chiffon Atelier Versace gown (estimate: $20,000 – $30,000), will dazzle the stage. The six-time GRAMMY Award-winning music and fashion icon wore this figure-hugging gown with a train while performing in Paris on July 6th, 1998. The thigh side slit shimmering gold gossamer gown with ruched straps is embellished with gold tone micro beading and gold bullion in a vine and floral motif and scattered topaz colored iridescent glass.

Other top highlights include (with estimates): Rita Ora’s painted ensemble custom painted by Mr. Brainwash (Thierry Guetta) on Ora as she was performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in April 2014 ($6,000 – $8,000); Jennifer Lopez’s white short sleeve cocktail dress worn at the 2014 Dubai World Cup opening ($2,000 – $4,000); a Randi Rahm Alex Diamond strapless taupe gown encrusted with Swarovski crystals worn by Jennifer Hudson on the December 2011/January 2012 cover of Ebony magazine and on the 2012 cover of Michigan Avenue magazine ($2,000 – $4,000); a floral printed crepe dress worn by Madonna in her Golden Globe winning role as Eva Peron in the 1996 film Evita ($8,000 – $10,000); Lady Gaga’s blue RVDK coat dress worn in her performance with Elton John in 2016 ($8,000 – $10,000); a custom-made green embellished corset and satin knickers worn by Rihanna as “The Bride of Mary Jane” to her 2012 West Hollywood party ($2,000 – $4,000); Miley Cyrus’ black Holly Morgan silk mini dress with high lace neck ($2,000 – $4,000); a custom-made mint jersey halter dress worn by Barbra Streisand in the 1981 film All Night Long ($2,000 – $4,000) and more.

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