Estate of famed soprano Beverly Sills up for sale

NEW YORK (AP) - October 1, 2009

Costume designs, artwork, furniture and jewelry are among the items up for sale next Wednesday at Doyle New York auction house.

The auction house will host a preview party Thursday evening. The New York City Opera, where the Brooklyn-born singer's career first flourished, is co-hosting the event.

The Sills collection includes fine art, handbags, photographs and opera memorabilia from the late singer's home overlooking Central Park.

Sills, an opera diva known for her dazzling voice and bubbly personality, died in July 2007. She was 78.

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