Fur coats, designer gowns, plus dozens and dozens of pairs of Ferragamo shoes, are headed to the auction block from real estate billionaire Leona Helmsley's haute couture closets.

Collectors can even bid for the Chanel skirt suit that Helmsley wore when she began serving a sentence for tax evasion, the case that earned her the nickname "the Queen of Mean."

Thousands of items belonging to the late socialite and hotel owner — nearly her entire wardrobe — will go on the block May 18 at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago.