Sunday, August 9, 2009

Streisand's stuff goes on the block

Barbra Streisand is putting up more than 400 personal items, including costumes from Funny Lady and The Way We Were, for sale at an auction to benefit her charity.

Numerous dresses and gowns, as well as furniture, fur coats, rugs, books and a baby grand piano, are listed in the 280-page auction catalogue.

Some pieces start as low as $100 US for a collection of teddy bears and range up to $40,000 US for a 1790 mahogany library book case.

Artworks include La Chanteuse by Dutch painter Kees van Dongen and The Letter by a Belgian painter Frans Verhas.

"What good does it do in storage?" the 67-year-old performer said in a statement released this week along with the catalogue.

"Let someone else enjoy it. These things, they're not forever. We pass them on and reap the benefits for something important."

Proceeds from the sale, scheduled for Oct. 17-18 in Beverly Hills, Calif., will go to the Streisand Foundation, which supports women's, children's, environmental and political causes.

Streisand said she felt in the mood to de-clutter the contents of her three homes in New York City, Beverly Hills and Malibu, Calif.

"Now I have enough stuff and I want to concentrate on other things, so it's a good time to clean the closets."

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