So did Barbra Streisand shut you out of front row seats for her Village Vanguard concert this weekend? Well, she’s not going to shut you out of her Beverly Hills auction, honey. In fact, the singing/directing legend will LOVE you if you line up to call in and buy her eye-threatening Meet The Fockers costumes and obscure household items like “a Dirk Van Erp table lamp and a painting by Kees van Dongen.”
Gotta have ’em? Well, yes, actually because first of all, funds raised from this glorified yard sale will boost the Streisand Foundation’s attempt to fight humanitarian causes worldwide.
And secondly, because the shit belonged to Barbra Streisand, for Christ’s sake!! She touched it!!!
The Collection of Barbra Streisand (http://lists-columbia.sonybmgemail.com/t/4270050/4045849/346206/0/) will include over 500 unique items from the legendary actress/singer/producer/director’s original New York apartment, her Carolwood home in Beverly Hills, and her Malibu Ranch house. The sale will also feature memorabilia including stage-worn clothing and film-worn costumes, in addition to pieces from Streisand’s personal wardrobe. These items will cross the Atlantic on special exhibit onboard the Queen Mary 2 and auctioned at the historic Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.
Highlights from Streisand’s decorative and fine arts collection include a Dirk Van Erp table lamp and a Arts and Crafts L&JG Stickley china cabinet, as well as some of her first antique purchases made as a young woman in New York City. Additional fine art selections include a painting by Kees van Dongen, a group of Edward Curtis photographs and a number of American school floral and genre scenes. Among the other offerings is a selection of Americana furnishings, Art Deco fixtures, Oriental rugs and Native American baskets.
The auction features examples of Streisand’s impeccable style and pioneering fashion, such as her pink robe from The Way We Were and ensembles from Meet The Fockers, to custom Donna Karan and designer pieces, including two vintage Christian Dior fashions. Other highlights include costumes from Funny Lady, On A Clear Day, Yentl, Nuts, Prince of Tides, and other productions and public appearances, including a stage-worn concert gown from her 1994 CONCERT tour and a gown from her 2000 TIMELESS tour.
For two decades the Streisand Foundation has championed human rights and humanitarian causes worldwide. All funds raised from this auction will go toward furthering the Streisand Foundation’s goal of reaching universal equality.
Beverly Hills, California Public Exhibition 9876 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, California 90210 Saturday, October 10 – Friday, October 16 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 24, 2009