"The first thing they attacked was the hats," Jill Pendergast, who organized the sale of items from a storage unit containing Franklin memorabilia, told WJBK-TV, Detroit.
"I love hats. To me this hat has Aretha all over it," Melissa Vogel of Clinton Township, holding the black-and-yellow hat she bought for $225, told the TV station. "It's just pretty out there but I love it so I just knew I had to get it."
Items were sold from $10 to $2,000.
"What they're basically looking for is to get a piece of Detroit history," said Al Parham, who bought the storage unit containing the memorabilia.
"Obviously, Aretha had a big impact on Detroit and the music scene in Detroit. She's still at it right now, she's looking good and still going. People want to get a piece of that history."
Unsold items were available on eBay under "Aretha's collection," WJBK-TV said.