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Going fast: Anne Rice's Ebay auction

March 23, 2011 |  8:41 am

Annerice_madonnachild Anne Rice, author of "Interview with the Vampire" and its sequels and, most recently, the 2010 novel "Of Love and Evil," is auctioning personal items on Ebay in a kind of online yard sale.

The auction, which went online Tuesday night, includes items from Rice's wardrobe -- think black skirts -- as well as jewelry, a few books, some furniture and some religious icons.

Most of the listed items have a minimum bid but also have Ebay's "buy it now" feature; by Wednesday morning, most of the jewelry and some lovely French-influenced chairs, which had been listed for around $300, were already gone.

Rice announced the sale on her active Facebook page, writing "As I prepare to move to a small writer's retreat, we continue to empty storage of many items, including furniture I once cherished in my New Orleans houses....We are selling everything that is not nailed to the floor."

Some of the items that remain are those that are more expensive: a $3,000 beige couch, a set of two vintage gold French reproduction chairs for $1,000, an inlaid French secretary which is an antique reproduction of one owned by Marie Antoinette for $2,000. The Madonna and Child icon, above, is said to come from a European church and is listed for $10,000.

Repeatedly mentioning her move to a small writer's retreat, Rice has also listed something else for sale: her six-bedroom, 9,100-square foot home, with pool, in the Thunderbird Heights area of Rancho Mirage. That's not on Ebay -- it's with a Realtor -- and it's not the first time it's been on the market. Originally listed for $3.3 million in last May, the price has now dropped to $2.95 million. While her personal items have been going fast, the home is taking a little longer to sell.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Madonna and child icon. Credit: EBay