There had to be an auction, but so soon? 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 Sunday the pieces and other Houston items became available after the singer’s death on Feb. 11 and will be included among a long-planned sale of Hollywood memorabilia such as Charlie Chaplin’s cane, Clark Gable’s jacket from “Gone With the Wind’’ and Charlton Heston’s staff from “The Ten Commandments.’’ Julien said celebrity collectibles often become available after their namesakes die. “It proves a point that these items, they’re an investment,’’ Julien said.
Box office throwdown
The Presidents’ Day weekend box office was too close to call as the action tale “Safe House’’ and the love story “The Vow’’ competed for the No. 1 spot. Based on Sunday’s studio estimates, Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds’s “Safe House’’ had a slim lead with $24 million from Friday to Sunday. That put it a fraction ahead of Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum’s “The Vow’’ with $23.6 million. The winner won’t be known for certain until studios report final numbers for the long holiday weekend.
Lohan to host ‘SNL’
Lindsay Lohan’s comeback trail is leading her to “Saturday Night Live.’’ NBC says the actress, whose career has been upstaged by legal and personal problems, will serve as guest host of “SNL’’ on March 3. The musical guest will be Jack White. It will be Lohan’s fourth turn as host of the late-night comedy show. She presided in 2004, 2005, and 2006. In recent years, she has mostly been in the public eye in connection with her multiple arrests and episodes of substance abuse. In December, she appeared in Playboy magazine in a mostly nude pictorial.
"HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROBYN!" - Chris Brown, tweeting to his ex Rihanna (her real name is Robyn) on Twitter over the weekend, fueling rumors that the two are in touch.