Barbra Streisand auctions off objects for charity

Mon Oct 12, 2009 7:52pm EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) - Singer and actress Barbra Streisand will auction hundreds of pieces of furniture, art, clothes and other possessions this week in a Beverly Hills charity auction.

The auction on Saturday and Sunday comes as the 67-year-old Streisand's latest album "Love Is the Answer" has landed her back at No. 1 on the U.S. pop chart, making her the first artist to top the chart in five consecutive decades.

Together, the items are worth up to $600,000 but they are expected to sell for more because they belonged to Streisand.

All proceeds from the sale will go to The Streisand Foundation, which distributes funds to several causes, from the Natural Resources Defense Council to Human Rights Watch.

Among the items is a gold painted wooden "A" that she kept in her kitchen for years as a memento to her decision to drop an "a" from the spelling of her first name four decades ago.

Streisand is also selling a painting believed to be from Dutch artist Kees van Dongen worth up to $200,000, along with a chipped antique phonograph, shoes, books and a dental cabinet with more than a dozen slim drawers originally used for tools, that Streisand bought at age 18 for her jewelry.

"A lot of these items are very difficult for her to part with," said Darren Julien, the auctioneer handling the sale. "Like the dental cabinet, it was her first purchase."

Julien said Streisand is selling the items, which span everything from art nouveau pieces to American Indian baskets, and Georgian furniture to Americana knickknacks, because they do not fit with the re-design of her Malibu home.   Continued...

<p>A visitor looks over furniture and other items at a press preview of items from an auction "The Collection of Barbra Streisand" in Beverly Hills October 12, 2009. REUTERS/ Fred Prouser</p>