October 19th, 2011
04:00 PM ET
Legendary entertainer Bette Midler is auctioning off a large chunk of her fabulous wardrobe next month, reports People.
Over 300 items, including dozens of gowns and costumes, will be up on the auction block. And no need to feel guilty if you bid - proceeds benefit the New York Restoration Project.
Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills will host the sale on November 12, but the public can preview Bette’s collection (for free) at the auction house beginning October 31.
If you have deep pockets, you can purchase a piece from The Divine Miss M’s personal collection – more famous costumes and album cover outfits are generally estimated at a few thousand bucks each. But bargain shoppers take note! There are many ensembles that are estimated in the $500-$800 range. For instance, a tour performance jumpsuit, or a Valentino evening gown.
Maybe wheelchair mermaid Lady Gaga will score the real deal – Midler’s original wheelchair mermaid ensemble.
Other iconic outfits up for grabs include a black-and-white Valentino number Bette wore to celebrate the designer at a 1992 event, and a pink feathered showgirl costume from her Vegas performances.
Bob Mackie stage costumes, vintage Emilio Pucci, album cover outfits, jewelry, art, sketches, props, gold records and plenty more will be included in the auction, which is expected to fetch a pretty penny for Midler’s pet project.
The 65-year-old singer/actress/comedian started the New York Restoration Project in 1995 to clean up public spaces and parks in New York City.
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