Cher Auctions Off Her Gowns & Jewelry

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    [​IMG] Sale of the century: Cher is auctioning off some of her most infamous outfits

    Cher once said she hated being in her fifties because she had finally started to look old.

    Now she has turned 60, the singer and Oscar-winning actress appears to have abandoned any lingering hopes that the ultra-glam gowns in her wardrobe might get another outing.

    See Cher's ballgowns

    She is selling her collection of Bob Mackie dresses, jewellery and other memorabilia in a two-day auction in Los Angeles, starting tomorrow.
    And the showbiz diva is also clearing out most of the furniture and art from her Renaissance-style Malibu mansion, which she plans to refurbish in a different style.
    The auction, being run by Sotheby’s and Julien’s Auctions, includes nearly 800 lots and is expected to raise more than £600,000, a portion of which will go to the Cher Charitable Foundation.
    "I have loved everything I ever bought," she said. "But now it’s time for them to go on."

    Wealthy drag queens might like to take note that the sale includes 200 items of clothing and 85 pieces of jewellery from Cher’s 40-year career. Among the highlights are a Bob Mackie black net gown with multi-coloured embroidered dots and stones worth up to £2,500. Cher wore the dress in 1974 to perform Dark Lady on The Sonny And Cher Comedy Hour.

    Another Bob Mackie-designed gown in red velvet with matching full-length cape is expected to fetch a similar price.
    For an estimated £15,000, bidders could get to sleep in Cher’s gothic Scarisbrick Hall brass bed, which was made in 1865.
    And one of the highest-priced items is a 17th-century oil painting, The Holy Family Served By Angels, by Ercole Procaccini the Younger, which could fetch £25,000.
    Among the more personal lots is Cher’s high school yearbook, valued at about £500.
    Cher isn’t the first multi-millionaire star to have a clear-out auction after decades of spending. In 2003, Elton John auctioned the contents of his west London home, raising £1.4 million.