For Immediate Release:
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2003
Barbra Streisand's first auction of personal and professional memorabilia will premiere October 31, 2003 on Ebay. For the Internet charity fundraiser, hundreds of famous or cherished effects from the artist's life and wardrobe will be placed on the block in a sale that will last a year but could be extended to as much as three years. Potential bidders can access the auction by hyperlink from the artist's BarbraStreisand.com website.
The initial item for sale will be one of the director/actor/singer's most publicized, recognized and career-pertinent outfits, the Arnold Scaasi-designed two piece evening pantsuit she wore to the 1969 Academy Awards at which she won her first Oscar, a Best Actress award for her performance in her debut motion picture, "Funny Girl."
"Each day a new item of Streisand memorabilia will be added and will be available for bidding for ten days, so that there will be ten items 'on the block' at all times," according to Darren Julien whose JulienEntertainment.com is producing the on-going auction.
Every item will come with a Certificate of Authenticity.
"Ms. Streisand's only previous auctions of artifacts from her private collections were the Sothebys and Christies sales of some of her furniture and art," he noted, "and each of these established record prices for specific categories. While we have conducted other 'celebrity auctions,' we have observed that the greatest market demand has been for Barbra Streisand materiels and personal effects, and these have never before become available for auction."
Proceeds from the auction will benefit charities and causes served by The Streisand Foundation through which over $25,000,000 has been distributed/or raised for charity.