A Los Angeles federal judge has removed an Emmy Award won by the late Whitney Houston from Friday’s auction of the late singer’s memorabilia.

Whitney Houston. Photo via Pixabay.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences filed suit Thursday against Houston’s estate and Heritage Auctions, a Beverly Hills auction house, to stop the trophy from going on the block.

The academy, which presents the Emmy Awards, successfully argued that it owns the rights to the statuettes and that they are nontransferable.

U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson issued a temporary restraining order Thursday against the auction house and the estate, which included the Emmy among Houston’s possessions to be sold at the two-day auction.

“We fought the good fight, but we respect the court’s decision,” said Heritage Auctions spokesman Eric Bradley. “As ordered, the award will be withdrawn from the auction and returned to the Houston family.”

Houston won the Emmy in 1986 in recognition of her performance of “Saving All My Love for You” at a televised Grammy ceremony.

Anderson set a July 7 hearing to issue a permanent order.

The 48-year-old Houston was found dead Feb. 11, 2012, in her room at the Beverly Hilton, the weekend of that year’s Grammy Awards.

— City News Service

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