Barbra Streisand to auction items for charity

By SANDY COHEN (AP)

LOS ANGELES — Want to lounge in a wicker chair from Barbra Streisand's sunroom? Perhaps wear one of her designer dresses or tinkle the keys of her baby grand piano?

Your chance is coming in October, when Streisand will auction more than 400 personal items to benefit her charity.

"What good does it do in storage," the 67-year-old entertainer said. "Let someone else enjoy it. These things, they're not forever. We pass them on and reap the benefits for something important."

A collector throughout her career, Streisand is selling costumes from her films, including a dress from "Funny Lady," a robe from "The Way We Were" and several outfits from "Meet the Fockers."

There's a gold Dior pantsuit Streisand wore to the 1986 Grammys, an old phonograph she bought when she was 18 and "one of the first pieces of furniture I ever bought: A dental cabinet. That's hard to part with actually," she said. "I wish I had room for it. I don't."

Dozens of dresses and suits, books, designer furniture, paintings and vintage collectibles are also being auctioned.

Streisand decided to part with items from her Beverly Hills, Malibu and New York homes because she's "through with extra stuff."

"The community is better served if I get rid of it and give all the proceeds to my foundation, which does really good work," she said.

She plans to donate all proceeds from the sale, scheduled for Oct. 17-18 at the Beverly Hilton hotel, to the Streisand Foundation, which supports women's, children's, environmental and political causes.

Among the beneficiaries: City Year, which Streisand said "brings together a core of diverse young leaders that provide vital resources to youth in local neighborhoods"; the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation ("We gave a big chunk to the climate change initiative," she said); and the Cedars-Sinai Women's Heart Health Center, which supports cardiac research for women.

"For decades women have been treated based on medical research done on men," Streisand said. "So it's about time that proper research be done and communicated to women so they'll be more informed about their health."

Highlights from the sale will be exhibited aboard the Queen Mary 2 during its trans-Atlantic cruise this month and then in Ireland and New York before landing in Beverly Hills, where the auction will be conducted by Julien's Auctions.

Meanwhile, Streisand is working on an album for release in September and preparing to act and direct in "a couple of movies on the horizon." She's also making a book about her new home.

Parting with old possessions makes it easier to focus on the future, she said.

"I'm a collector, so one collects and collects and collects," she said. "But now I have enough stuff and I want to concentrate on other things, so it's a good time to clean (the) closets."

Comments for this News article

I am so excited about this. My Mom is turning 80 in October and my sister has been so ill. Hopefully I can get something for both of them and proceeds to help others. Great idea Barbra....Thnaks

I would buy stuff from your auction, but being 14 I don't get much money. Hope the auction goes well! I love you tons!!!

Love,
Hailey Hayes

I was EXTREMELY surprised and excited to find a drawing (item 236) I drew of Ms. Streisand and presented to her assistant back in 1986 listed in her auction. I often wondered and thought if Barbra ever received it. I've had two chances to ask her in person, once in 1991 at "The Prince of Tides" premiere and the other in 2007 when she visited our hotel in Westlake Village. But I declined to because first, I was too nervous to interrupt her space and most definitely respect all that she has given me, and the world, from afar. The fact that she had kept it for 23 years and it's going to a valuable charity is enough for me. And who knows, if I do become one of the lucky winners of the One Night Only performance at The Village Vanguard, I just may build up enough courage to say, "Hello Barbra!"...Good Luck to Everyone!

Regards,

Adriano Abatayo

Looking forward to this new auction. As if your formidable triple career as an artist wasn't enough of a gift to our world, you ought to be applauded for being such a consistent activist and a generous philantropist -- with a taste.

Sorry to be so personal, but the little Brooklyn girl in you can really be proud of what she's become. I admire you for being such a mensh.

Christophe from Paris, France

I have been a fan my whole life. I have always thought Ms. Streisand is a woman of conviction and courage. By selling off some of her personal items this will be a big charitable event. In these economic times it is nice to see that Ms. Streisand will be giving to charity that might have difficulty surviving other wise. I am looking forward to see her in NYC. Even if I do not win I will be there.

Hi! Please keep us posted regarding the auction, not only to be able to support some very worthy causes but to enjoy a small part of Barbra-lor would be great! By the way, love the new updated website, nice work guys!

Frank
Dublin Ireland

I would love to own the baby grand, but unfortunately I live in a small townhome, so it would probably take up the entire living room. But what a priceless item to get. Hopefully there will be a way for those of us living in Colorado to be able to bid on the items....