*The National Enquirer editors obtained grainy images of Whitney Houston taken at the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark, New Jersey, where a private wake for close friends and family was held on Friday.
The pictures, published today by the tabloid, show Houston wearing a purple dress with color-coordinated eye shadow and lip gloss, and jewelry worth a reported $500,000. [Scroll down to view.]
A source tells the publication, “Whitney looked lovely… like a queen.”
The platinum coffin also had the singer’s nickname, “Nippy,” embroidered in the silk lining between two treble clef symbols.
Houston was found dead in the bathtub of her Los Angeles hotel suite on Feb. 11. She was laid to rest beside her father’s grave at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield on Sunday.