Osbournes Hold Million-dollar Garage Sale

Celebrity rock couple Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, facing a new life as "empty nesters" with their children off on their own, are holding a $US1 million ($1.1 million) garage sale to clean out some of their rather upscale clutter.

More than 600 lots of memorabilia, jewellery, costumes, paintings and furniture from their Gothic-style house in Beverly Hills, their Malibu home and their British mansion in Buckinghamshire will be auctioned on November 30 and December 1.

The sale, to raise funds for the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Foundation, includes a gilded Buddha statue, a walnut parquetry inlaid games table and the couple's Louis XVI-style master bedroom set.

It also includes such items as a pair of Ozzy's trademark sunglasses, the all-terrain vehicle he was seriously injured while riding in 2003, his son Jack's black leather bed and gowns worn by Sharon and their daughter, Kelly.

The two younger siblings launched their own showbiz careers from the MTV reality show about the family called The Osbournes . The eldest daughter, Aimee, refused to take part.

Sharon says it has taken her and Ozzy - who married 25 years ago and are listed as one of Britain's richest couples - nearly a lifetime to collect all of these items.

"Both Ozzy and I have very special memories of each and every item ... It is like giving up a part of us, and we hope each and every item finds a very special home," she said in a statement.

Darren Julien, president and CEO of Julien's Auctions house, which is holding the sale in Beverly Hills, says the event has taken about two years to organise.

He anticipates the sale will bring in over $US1 million.

"Sharon and Ozzy have incredible taste in decorating their homes, but they wanted to minimise their lifestyle a bit. There really is something for everyone - high-end collectors and also for fans," Mr Julien told Reuters.

They are also auctioning off three backstage passes to Ozzy Osbourne concerts and a fourth "experience" ticket for an on-set visit with Sharon Osbourne while she is judging the TV show America's Got Talent "I don't know why we are selling everything, as I want it all," said Ozzy, 58, who rose to fame in the 1970s as a vocalist in the heavy metal band Black Sabbath.

"Sharon tells me that we have to, otherwise our house will ... explode." Reuters Topics:

people arts-and-entertainment music popular-culture television united-states First posted October 10, 2007 08:20:00

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