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Midler to Gaga: Take my clothes

Bette Midler may have accused Lady Gaga of copying her mermaid in a wheelchair routine, but the veteran entertainer has said she'd happily sell her old costumes to the Poker Face star.

The 65-year-old told Twitter followers in July "mermaid's mine" after Gaga performed a routine in Australia with echoes of her own well-known sketch.

But Bette is now auctioning off some of her most iconic outfits for charity, and insists Gaga is welcome to put in a bid.

"I think she should go for a real wheelchair and a real fishtail because these are really beautiful. They are decorated and hand-beaded," Bette said.

"If she is interested, she can have whatever she wants because she is a very talented girl and I love her a lot."

Bette said she would be "thrilled" if Gaga bought her entire collection.

She added: "I hope she buys at least a little bit. It would be fun. There are so many wonderful ideas and so much of it. So much of it is so funny."

The outfits will go under the hammer at Julien's Auctions in California on November 12, with some of the proceeds benefiting Bette's charity, the New York Restoration Project.

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