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Midler's mermaid dress for sale

Bette Midler is emptying out her wardrobe for charity.

Among the items the award-winning star is auctioning off, in aid of the New York Restoration Project, is the mermaid costume she wore during her recent Las Vegas run at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

Bette is also selling off a showgirl costume from her Vegas show, the black and white Valentino gown she wore to the Oscars in 1992 and a jumpsuit from her 1979 Divine Madness tour.

Other items up for sale include a pair of crystal platform shoes worn on the cover of a remix LP.

The 65-year-old star wrote in the catalogue: "These were given to me by Cher in the early 1970s.

"They were sensational, but a bit hard to walk in without falling down, so I put them on display in my house. Visitors were mesmerised."

Bette is also offering up a burgundy knitted wool dress which she wore during her first winter in New York.

She said: "I think it's one of the first new dresses I ever bought. Up until then, I made most of my own clothes or shopped at Goodwill."

The clothes and accessories are all going under the hammer on November 12 at Julien's Auctions of Beverly Hills.

All proceeds go The New York Restoration Project, which Bette founded in 1995 and partners the city's project to plant one million new trees by 2017.

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