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Next: the Houston auction

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 that the pieces and other Houston items became available after the singer's unexpected death 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. "You buy items just like a stock. Buy at the right time and sell at the right time, and they just increase in value."

But could it be too soon to profit from Houston's passing? She was just buried Saturday.

"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."

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Lohan to host 'SNL'

Lindsay Lohan's comeback trail is leading her to "Saturday Night Live."

NBC says the troubled actress, whose career in recent years has been upstaged by legal and personal problems, will serve as "SNL" guest host March 3. The network said Sunday that the musical guest that night 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, before her career faltered. 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.

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A prince hurt in a brawl

The grandson of the late Princess Grace of Monaco was briefly hospitalized after a brawl in a New York City nightclub.

Prince Pierre Casiraghi suffered cuts to his face during Saturday's brawl. Former nightclub owner Adam Hock was arraigned Sunday on charges of assaulting the prince and three friends in the Double Seven nightspot in Manhattan's Meatpacking District.

Attorney Richard Golub, who represents the 24-year-old prince, told the Associated Press that Casiraghi was treated in a hospital and released after the brawl.

Golub says Casiraghi's group did not "instigate anything" or provoke the attack.

But Hock told the New York Post that the prince and his entourage "were being completely obnoxious," verbally abusing the women with him. Also punched in the melee was shipping heir Stavros Niarchos III.

-- From News and wire services