R&B singer Luther Vandross spent his money on top notch products like diamond watches, mink coats and crystal vases. Now fans of the legendary crooner, who died in 2005 at 54, will have a chance to bid on more than 1,000 of these expensive items. On Dec. 5-6, his estate will auction just about everything: his handwritten lyrics to "Love Forgot"; the army green thermoses from which he sipped hot tea during his concerts; designer loafers and boots; Lalique crystal vases, glasses and doorknobs. The items come from his former homes in Beverly Hills, Calif.; Greenwich, Conn.; and New York; and from his tours. Fans have an expectation of how stars live, and Vandross' items won't disappoint, said Max Szadek, his personal assistant for 13 years. "This mink-lined chair symbolized the lap of luxury that Luther lived in and just how a star, a world-class entertainer, kind of lived it out in his private life, too," Szadek said as he walked through 13,000 square feet of items displayed at an auction house in a suburban office park. Szadek said fans will see many items that Vandross brought with him on tours, from the banal to the bling -- like a silver Piaget diamond-encrusted watch, a silver diamond-encrusted tennis bracelet and a 4-carat diamond ring. The touring and music memorabilia on sale span his career, with a record from David Bowie's "Young American," on which Vandross sang background, to a double platinum certification of "Dance With My Father," Szadek said. The collection is valued between $600,000 and $800,000, said John Nye, whose Morris Plains, N.J.-based auction house, Dawson & Nye, is handling the sale. Source: Billboard
If you love Luther Vandross, there's a new CD on the way. Fans of the legendary singer, who died in July, can enjoy two new tracks when "The Ultimate Luther Vandross" collection hit stores Aug. 22nd. The CD includes the previously unreleased songs "Shine," produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and "Got You Home." The collection features 16 other songs from Vandross' two decades of music-making, including the hits "Here and Now" and "Endless Love." Vandross sold more than 30 million albums during his award-winning career. Vandross, who began his career as lead singer of the group Change, made his solo recording debut in 1981 with the album "Never too Much." In 2005, he was nominated for a Soul Train Music Award for a duet with Beyonce on "The Closer I Get to You," which is on the new collection.
From a Picasso charcoal drawing to diamond watches, mink coats and crystal vases, Luther Vandross lived large.