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


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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