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Barbra Streisand auctions for charity

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Streisand on sale

Barbra Streisand will auction off 500 personal items -- such as costumes, artwork, paintings, furniture and movies such as The Way We Were -- via Julien's Auctions. All proceeds will go toward her charity, The Streisand Foundation, which was established in 1986 to preserve the environment and address civil rights and women's issues.

Streisand on saleSome performers are so iconic, they just go by their first names. Cher. Madonna. And yes, Barbra!

While the name might remind you of Mike Myers and Saturday Night Live's segments from years ago -- Cawfee Tawk and "Talk amongst yourselves" ('memba that?) -- admiration for barbra has never waned. She's the real deal.

Barbra's collection comes from a variety of her homes. Whether from her Manhattan apartment, Beverly Hills home or her Malibu Ranch house, it's all good. A preview of her auctioned items will travel to England via Cunard's Queen Mary 2. From there, it will continue on to Ireland's Museum of Style Icons in Ireland for two weeks in September. The full public auction will occur at the Beverly Hilton from October 10 to 16.

Although not all Barbra fans will be able to afford a bid on their favorite items, they can enjoy a little eye candy. They'll get to see her pink robe from The Way We Were along with gowns from her tours in 1994 and 2000.

Of course, not to be overlooked, Barbra's jazz album, Love Is the Answer, debuts soon. To promote the album, the legendary diva will perform in a small venue at the end of September.

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