“Her Name is Barbra” Sale to Benefit The Streisand Foundation 400 plus lots from the legendary career of Barbra Streisand

April 26, 2004


The “Her Name is Barbra” auction will include many of her most memorable costumes spanning her entire career in films, television and on stage. Beginning with her Academy Award-inning first appearance on film in Funny Girl, to her directorial debut with Yentl, for which she won the Golden Globe for best director.

The sale will include pieces from other films such as: Funny Lady, A Star Is Born, The Way We Were, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, The Mirror Has Two Faces, The Owl and The Pussycat, What’s Up, Doc?, For Pete’s Sake, The Main Event, and Nuts. Many of these pieces are not only iconic costumes from award-winning films, but also were created by world-renowned costume designers. They include the exquisite period pieces designed by Cecil Beaton for On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, such as the heavily beaded empire-waist gown so closely associated with the film (est. $8/10,000). Five time Academy Award-winner Irene Sharaff designed the costumes for both the stage and film versions of Funny Girl. Some of these outfits will be sold, including the Broadway costume worn during Streisand’s performance of People (est. $4/6,000).

In addition to these stunning film costumes the sale will include many of Streisand’s early performance gowns including a dress of her own design that she wore for an early nightclub engagement at New York’s Basin Street East in May and June of 1963, where she was billed with Benny Goodman and received rave reviews (est. $1/1,500). There are pieces from Streisand’s acclaimed television specials Color Me Barbra, Barbra Streisand…And Other Musical Instruments, and The Belle of 14th Street. A special highlight of the sale will be the famous blue sailor dress from her earliest television special, My Name is Barbra, which first aired April 28, 1965 (est. $10/12,000).

The sale will showcase both costumes and stage props from Barbra’s more recent critically acclaimed concert tours “Timeless” and “The Concert” as well as a vast array of designer fashion pieces worn in both her personal life and to many high profile events and award shows. Included are the Arnold Scassi-designed dress worn to the New York premier of Funny Girl in 1968 (est. $2/3,000) and the Arnold Scassi dress Barbra wore to both the 1970 Academy Awards, where she presented an Oscar to John Wayne, and to the premiere of Hello Dolly in 1969 (est. $3/5,000). Of historical note is the gown Streisand designed for her performance at the Washington Press Correspondents dinner in May of 1963, where she met President John F. Kennedy (est. $3/5,000).

Rounding out the sale are original production models from many of Streisand’s films, Barbra’s own copies of original album cover proofs, and a selection of pieces from Barbra’s personal collection of vintage costume jewelry, with estimates in the range of $80 - $100.

“This all inclusive sale of property from the career of Barbra Streisand contains ‘must haves’ for every collector’s price range,” said Julien. “This collection was created by one of the most significant careers in the history of entertainment, and by donating it to benefit those in need shows the commitment that Barbra has to bettering the lives of others.”

“It has been a privilege and an honor to work with a collection of such incomparable depth, spanning over 40 years of one of the most celebrated careers in the entertainment industry,” Julien concluded.



New York:
Highlights From The Collection
Takashimaya New York - 693 Fifth Avenue
May 10 th – May 23 rd 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sundays 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Highlights From The Collection
Planet Hollywood London - 13 Coventry Street
May 10 th – May 23 rd 10:00 am – 1:00 am

Los Angeles:
May 31 st – June 4 th
10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily
Astra West in the Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, California

June 5 th – Live and online auction (www.liveauctioneers.com)

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