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Streisand Goodies Going Up for Bid

Like most of us, Barbra Streisand gets the urge to do a little spring cleaning now and then. Granted, the last time you rummaged through your house or apartment, it's not likely you came across a gown worn to the Grammy Awards, a wig featured in the film musical On a Clear Day You See Forever or costume pieces from Yentl.

Those are just a few of the goodies up for grabs in The Collection of Barbra Streisand, a charity auction being held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills Oct. 17-18. A week-long exhibition starts at the Hilton on Saturday.

The 536 items being offered by Julien's Auctions are from Streisand's original New York apartment and her homes in Beverly Hills and Malibu. They include other articles of clothing Streisand has worn on stage and screen, as well as furniture, art, jewelry, pottery, books and music/film memorabilia.

"Part of me hates to part with things that are great," Streisand says. "On the other hand, I really think you borrow things in life. They're yours for a while, and then you pass them on. It's cleansing."

Besides, Streisand quips, "I don't have any room for more furniture." A longtime collector, she has tossed into the auction "things I've had since the '60s and '70s," including a vintage dental cabinet that she bought at age 18.

Streisand has another incentive to cast off her material possessions. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Streisand Foundation, which since 1986 has contributed to a variety of causes.

Anyone seeking to make a sizable donation might consider a designer tall-back rocker, available for an estimated $12,000 to $15,000, or a china cabinet listed at $13,000 to $15,000.

There are plenty of options for those with more modest budgets, with a number of items in the $100 to $200 range, and many more well under $1,000. The catalog is at juliensauctions.com, where viewers also can watch the auction live and participate in real time.

"Almost all of Barbra's purchases have increased in value because she has such a good eye," says CEO Darren Julien. "And I've seen that the depth of her fan base is amazing. This is a unique marketing opportunity."

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