Bette Midler to sell off stage costumes

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Bette Midler in her mermaid stage costume
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Midler wore the mermaid costume during her two-year The Showgirl Must Go On residency

Actress Bette Midler is to auction off several of her stage costumes, including the mermaid gown she wore during her Las Vegas residency.

More than 300 items, including the Valentino gown she wore to the 1992 Oscars, will go under the hammer in November, Julien's Auctions said.

The dress she wore for her Bette! Divine Madness tour in 1980 is expected to fetch up to $3,000 (£1,897).

Some of the proceeds will be donated to an organisation the star created.

The New York Restoration Project is a non-profit organisation which focuses on restoring small parks and community areas.

Midler is also selling off a pair of crystal platform shoes that were given to her by Cher in the 1970s.

"They were sensational, but a bit hard to walk in without falling down," Midler said in the catalogue that accompanies the items.

"So I put them on display in my house. Visitors were mesmerised."

The 65-year-old has sold more than 30 million records and starred in several movies, including Beaches, The First Wives Club and The Stepford Wives.

The auction will take place on 12 November in Beverly Hills.

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