The Word: Whitney Houston items go up on the auction block

A fan takes a photograph at the new grave site of singer Whitney Houston yesterday in Westfield, N.J.
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Well, that was quick. She was just buried on Saturday, but the vultures are already circling: It was announced on Sunday that a black velvet dress, a vest and a pair of earrings Whitney Houston wore in “The Bodyguard” will be put up for auction next month in California.

According to celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien, Houston’s “Bodyguard” items became available after her death on Feb. 11.

“It proves a point that these items, they’re an investment,” Julien told The Associated Press. “You buy items just like a stock. Buy at the right time and sell at the right time, and they just increase in value.”
Though those words may sound crudely opportunistic, it’s quite the contrary, says Julien: “It’s a celebration of her life. 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.”

Point taken.  But her death is already so tragic. Can’t we have an appropriate amount of time to mourn before everyone starts to profit off of her — say, a week?

Lohan to actually work?

Lindsay Lohan is set to host “Saturday Night Live” on March 3, but the gig didn’t come without a fair amount of begging and pleading, according to TMZ. Sources say that with her community service nearly complete, the troubled actress is hoping to kick-start her career comeback. To that end, Lohan reached out to the show’s executive producer, Lorne Michaels, suggesting that she appear on the program. This will be Lohan’s fourth time hosting “SNL.” And I know you will be tuning in for all of the wrong reasons.

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