There's gauche and then there's this...
A black velvet dress that belonged to Whitney Houston and a pair of earrings she wore in "The Bodyguard" will be sold to the highest bidder next month.[..]
[Celebrity auctioneer Darren] Julien said celebrity collectibles often become available after their namesakes die.
"It proves a point that these items, they're an investment," Julien 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."[..]
"It's a celebration of her life," Julien said. "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."(A)
Seems to me that Darren and his ilk are just looking to scrape the last pennies from the carcass. Back in the ages the same type of person would steal the coins placed in the mouths of corpses by loved ones hoping to ensure the spirit's passing over the river Styx.
Celebration of life? Hardly. If you really cared you would have actually celebrated her while she was alive. Now that she's gone the industry show's it's true colors. If I were Whitney's daughter I would be pissed. It's probably why she wound up in the hospital. I wouldn't be surprised if they have her on drugs to prevent her from protesting the pillaging of her inheritance.