How much would you pay for a quilt given to Carol Burnett
at the 1998 Tournament of Roses Parade? How about a pair of high-heeled autographed tap shoes previously worn by the veteran funny lady? Well, now's your chance to find out!
The former star of the long-running Carol Burnett Show has quietly begun auctioning off some of her showbiz memorabilia on eBay. And, if all goes well, the 67-year-old entertainer plans to use the popular web site to unload lots more goodies from her treasure chest.
"We're just kind of taking it in stages," says Paul DeDomenico, a family friend who is overseeing the star's online garage sale. (DeDomenico's mom, Anita, has been Burnett's interior designer and a close friend for the past 20 years). "She has a lot of stuff that she would like to let go to her fans."
DeDomenico, who has boxloads of Burnett memorabilia ready to go, says each winning bid will be accompanied by a thank-you letter from the star. He also tells us he's been receiving emails from fans as far away as Europe and Japan interested in buying Burnett's one-of-a-kind mementos.
At deadline, an autographed 1990 photo and accompanying letter from Mel Gibson to Burnett has been the biggest-ticket item, with bids topping $400. However, the tap shoes, worn by Burnett at a 1976 performance with Beverly Sills at New York's Metropolitan Opera House, were a relative bargain at $95.