Posted 8 years ago
THIS PIANO WAS PURCHASED BY PHIL MEDICI, IT IS NOW IN MY POSSESSION. IT IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL
Manhattan resident James Siewert will be using Barbra Streisand's knives and forks when he digs into his sweet and sour chicken tonight. "I'll wash them first, of course," joked the 49-year-old, who snatched up the flatware service for six for $420 at yesterday's sale of the Funny Girl's personal possessions at Christie's East. Fans were verklempt when they got winning bids on the diva's sunglasses, which fetched $5,500; a set of her monogrammed towels, which sold for $1,000; her domed hair dryer, which brought in $2,000, and her vintage 1956 Ford Thunderbird, which sold for $28,000 at the "Memories . . . The Personal Property of Barbra Streisand" sale. "My friends are going to go totally berserk when I tell them I purchased a Barbra Streisand ceiling fixture!
" said Edwin Lopez of Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, who paid a mere $140 for a lifetime of memories. On Monday, more than $3.
8 million of the star's pricier American Arts and Crafts furniture, ceramics and plaques were auctioned at Christie's in Rockefeller Center. Yesterday's sale netted $984,095, a Christie's spokeswoman said. Unlike the $13.
4 million supersale of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia last month, where even the most mundane items sold for stratospheric sums, many items at yesterday's sale remained within reach for everyday folk. Diehard Barbra fan John Potenzano paid $900 for a 55-piece tea set - which he plans to divide up for gifts. Scarsdale resident Susan Levine, who walked away with one lot of ashtrays, lighters, playing cards, coasters and a spinning top for $500, said, "I now have 12 little pieces of Barbra.
" Not everything sold at bargain prices. The singer's black 1976 Mercedes-Benz convertible fetched $24,000. Her 1980 Mercedes sedan sold for $17,000. Brooklyn resident Philip Medici shelled out $9,500 for the songbird's white baby grand for his 14-year-old daughter, Nicole. "She's taking lessons," he said. "I just hope she continues!
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