PRESS RELEASE: Julien's Auctions: Property From The Collection Of Barbra Streisand Benefiting The Streisand Foundation
JULIEN’S AUCTIONS SALE OF PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF BARBRA STREISAND BRINGS MORE THAN $600,000
October 18th, 2009 – On Saturday and Sunday crowds turned out in record numbers to attend this weekend’s auction of property from The Collection of Barbra Streisand conducted by Julien’s Auctions.
The multi-award-winning international star, brought more than $600,000. Fans and collectors from around the world gathered at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. The highlight (but not the highest selling piece) was the much anticipated extra “a” from Barbra Streisand that hung in her New York apartment for more than 30 years as a symbol of her removing the “a” from her original name “Barbara” (to Barbra) brought an astonishing price of $8,750, 43 times its pre-sale estimate of $200 - $300 selling to avid collector David Davis from New London, New Hampshire on the telephone. “If they paid $8,750 for one letter in her name, that means the remaining letters in her name are worth $131,250” said Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien’s Auctions.
The two-day sale featured approximately 500 lots of paintings, furniture and decorative works of art, jewelry, memorabilia and stunning stage-worn costumes from television, live concerts and special personal appearances.
100% of the proceeds from the sale benefits “The Streisand Foundation” founded more than two decades ago by Barbra Streisand actress/singer/director/composer/activist/philanthropist to aid humanitarian causes worldwide.
Darren Julien, President/CEO of Julien’s Auctions, said: “The first day of the sale has already shown the depth of passion that fans and collectors alike have for Barbra, demonstrated by prices achieved for items ranging from her stage worn concert gown from 1993/94 (sold for $13,750) to her Dirk Van Erp Table Lamp (sold for $30,000).
Other highlights include an L & JG Stickley China Cabinet which sold for $15,000; a wig worn by Barbra Streisand in “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever sold for $3,500 and the matching nightgown sold for $3,750; a painting by William Louis Otte (American, 1871-1957) sold for $13,125; and another work of art by Frans Verhas (Belgian, 1827-1897) brought $10,000; the original robe worn by Barbra in “The Way We Were” sold for $5,937.50; a set of 3 ceiling fans that hung in the home of “The Focker Family” in the film “Meet The Fockers” sold for $7,500 and a bright fuchsia pink costume worn by Barbra Streisand as Roz Focker in the film sold for $3,500; a dental cabinet bought by Ms. Streisand at the onset of her career at the age of 18 sold for $8,750
*Above prices includes buyer’s premium.