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Streisand Sells Some Stuff

If you and I want to get rid of extraneous stuff, we have a garage sale. If you're Barbra Streisand, you call Christie's auction house and put your things up for bid.

Christie's also handled the sale of Streisand's art nouveau collection, which brought in about $6 million in 1994. This time around, the movie star's possessions are expected to raise about the same amount.

Nancy McClelland, the international director of 20th century decorative art at Christie's East, is calling the items "the most important collection of American arts and crafts."

The items are from the star's Beverly Hills home, which she recently sold. The first of the two auctions, Important American Arts & Crafts, Architectural Designs, Art Nouveau and Works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, is scheduled for Nov. 29 at Christie's Rockefeller Center location. The second auction, Memories...The Personal Property of Barbra Streisand, follows at Christie's East on Dec. 2.


Among the items for sale:
  • A monogrammed BJS (Barbra Joan Streisand) silverware table setting from "An American Continental Pattern Silver Flatware Service," lot 787, 36 pieces total. Estimate: $700-900
  • A set of eight embroidered and monogrammed white linen place mats with matching napkins. Estimate: $200-300.
  • A tulip leaded glass and bronze Tiffany table lamp, 1906. Estimate: $50,000-80,000.
  • A two-color earthenware vase from Grueby Faience Co. of Boston, circa 1894. Estimate:$12,000-18,000.

    Monogrammed towels

  • A group of East African beaded items from three different lots. Streisand acquired her beaded items in the early '70s while in Africa shooting Up the Sand Box.

    Estimates for the various lots run from $300 to $600.

Expected to draw as much as $1,300 is a set of BJS monogrammed towels, composed of one bath sheet, two bath and fingertip towels, one hand towel and two wash cloths (pink, gray and black) along with a chrome four-arm standing towel rack.

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Some of the items have inherent value, but some prices are inflated simply because Streisand touched the things. For instance, she is selling some eyeglasses, which she wore during the filming of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. "Things take on a far greater value when they have been seen on film," explains McClelland. (It is estimated that the eyeglasses will go for $2,000 to $4,000.)

A vintage gown

One of her vintage gowns is estimated at $2,000 to $4,000. "It's a wonderful vintage gown," says McLelland. "It's typical of what she collected over the years. We know she began collecting things such as this in her very earliest stages and would use the earnings from her earliest films."
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