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Barbra Streisand collection goes to auction, and she talks you through the stories behind the finds

October 15, 2009 | 11:32 am

Picnik collage barb
OK, maybe you don't want to buy Barbra Streisand's pink glass Art Deco lamps, but you'll probably laugh at the "Funny Girl" star's reasons for getting rid of them. In connection with a Julien's Auctions sale Oct. 17 and 18, the legendary singer-actor-director walked me through highlights of her decades-in-the-making collection of Americana, Victoriana and Arts and Crafts.  

You can read my question-and-answer session and flick through a newly posted 22-photo gallery with commentary from Streisand, who is donating auction proceeds to her nonprofit Streisand Foundation.

Streisand is no stranger to auction houses. Previously she put collections of Art Nouveau and Art Deco on the block, and she doesn't plan on attending this auction.

"I listened to one before on the phone," she said, "and that was nerve-racking enough."

-- David A. Keeps

Photos courtesy of Barbra Streisand and Julien's Auctions