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A Peak at Luther Vandross’ Estate Up for Auction

Luther Vandross, Sean John, Secret Love, Versace

It’s been two and a half years since Luther Vandross’ death and now many of the cherished belongings of legendary singer will be sold at auction this month. Many fans will have a chance to own some of these items for the right price.

Dawson and Nye, a New Jersey auction house, will host the auction offering hundred of items in lots. So what will be available to the highest bidder? Here are some of the items Vandross held near and dear to his heart:


If one were to take a look at Vandross’ closet, they’d find a collection of fine clothing items including lame shirts, leather coats, crocodile shoes and fox wraps. Other clothing items available during the auction include:

A pair of beaded Sean John black denim jeans. These jeans were given to Vandross by Sean Combs after he sang “A House is Not a Home” to Combs’ then girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez, in a private performance. These jeans are valued at $600 – $800.

Those interested in some of Luther Vandross performance wear can bid on a Gianni Versace black beaded show jacket valued at $800- $1,200, a pair of Warren Edwards black patent leather show shoes valued at $200- $400 or a pair of Gianni Versace black patent leather rhinestone decorated show shoes valued at $400 – $600.


This will probably the most popular category for Luther Vandross fans attending the auction. Among the items in this category are Vandross’ awards including several NAACP Image Awards and American Music Awards. Fans and collects looking for some memorabilia for their walls can bid on commemorative platinum sales awards for the songs “This is Christmas,” “Your Secret Love,” and “Best of Luther Vandross.”

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Other interesting items in the collectible category are his signed American Express Platinum credit card, his signed Saks Fifth Avenue credit card.

Books and manuscripts.

Vandross had a variety of books in his collection. Among them were:

Among his collection were: a signed first edition first edition of “Madiba the Rainbow Man” by Lionel J. Maxim, a children’s book about the life of Nelson Mandela. The book, which was signed by the author to Luther Vandross, is valued between $150 – $250.

The auction includes two lots of books on lalique glassware by Marie-Claire Lalique, Nicholas M. Dawes and Felix Marcilhac. The lots also included various Lalique catalogues. These lots are valued at $400 – $600 each.

Other categories include furniture, electronic, jewelry, silver and fine arts. If you’re interested in seeing more of items from the Vandross estate, visit Dawson and Nye at www.dawsonandnye.com.