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Wednesday, November 17, 1999 Published at 12:44 GMT


Entertainment

Drew's baby gear for sale

Fans of Drew barrymore can snap up her baby clothes

Drew Barrymore's mother is auctioning off her collection of the Hollywood star's baby clothes - with bids on one lot standing at nearly $46,000 (£28,750).

Jaid Barrymore, who admits to being a "bit estranged" from her actress daughter, put 18 items up for sale on the Internet on Monday.


[ image: The child star's baby clothes to go under the hammer]
The child star's baby clothes to go under the hammer
Prospective buyers have 10 days to submit their offers for the such treasures as a chick decorated undershirt and white "bonnet-and-sleeper" outfit.

As well as the baby clothing, fans of the 24-year-old star of The Wedding Singer can also compete for a wealth of movie memorabilia.

Up for grabs is a painting of Barrymore as "Gertie" - the role in ET which shot the child actress to stardom. The work was commissioned by the film's director, Steven Spielberg.

Hat is ahead in bidding

A red cowboy hat Barrymore wore in the blockbuster film is the subject of fierce bidding, with offers reaching $45,900 (£28,750) by the second day of the sale.

A Christmas card to Barrymore from Hollywood legend Jack Nicholson is also going under the hammer.


[ image: Yee ha! Drew' s E.T. cowboy at goes on sale]
Yee ha! Drew' s E.T. cowboy at goes on sale
One of the most personal items on sale is a travel scrapbook from the child star's trip to the Paris for the premiere of the 1984 film Irreconcilable Differences - with handwritten notes on each page.

Jaid Barrymore has defended her decision to sell off such items.

"Drew is such a special, amazing, magical person. I decided to put some of her things up on the website to allow people be a part of Drew's life."

Drew Barrymore's childhood as been the subject of much interest. Born into the Barrymore acting dynasty, Drew made her screen debut at four.

A troubled childhood

Her precocious talent took its toll, with the young star requiring treatment for drug and alcohol problems before she reached her mid-teens.

Barrymore has since rebuilt her acting career, starring in a string of recent hit movies. She is currently working on a big screen version of cult TV classic Charlie's Angels.


[ image: Former TV star Gary Coleman (centre) has gone bankrupt]
Former TV star Gary Coleman (centre) has gone bankrupt
Other child stars have been less fortunate. Gary Coleman from the 1980s sitcom Diff'rent Strokes is also staging an Internet sale - to help pay off his massive debts.

The 31-year-old actor filed for bankruptcy in August, after medical bills and financial wrangles sapped the fortune he earned during his days at the top.

The Web-a-Thon, which includes merchandise endorsed by 4-foot, 8-inch Coleman as well as more personal items.

Baseball stars, musicians and TV celebrities have also donated lots for the sale. Proceeds go to Coleman - who requires kidney dialysis treatment three times a week.





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