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Cher cross-dressers everywhere, take note: The diva is selling a closet full of her gowns, costumes and jewelry at auction next week.

Sotheby's and Julien's Auctions are banding together Tuesday and Wednesday to sell off more than 700 lots of Cher collectibles at an auction at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. The public can ogle the hoard for four days starting today. Online bids will be accepted at juliensauctions.com.

Cher hopes to raise more than $1million from the sale of her baubles, memorabilia and costumes, plus furniture and art from her Renaissance-style house in Malibu. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Cher Charitable Foundation.

"I have loved everything I ever bought," Cher says in a statement, but "now it's time for them to go on."

Elaborate get-ups from Cher's 40 years in showbiz are sure to be the stars of the sale, including 200 pieces of clothing and 85 lots of personal jewelry, many with cross motifs.

Among the highlights:

*A Bob Mackie black net gown with multicolored embroidered dots and stones, worn Jan. 16, 1974, on The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, for her performance of Dark Lady, her No. 1 song that year (pre-auction estimate: $3,000-$5,000).

*A Bob Mackie red velvet gown with matching full-length cape worn for the May 4, 1975, broadcast of the Cher show during her opening song, Where You Lead ($2,000-$4,000).

*An 18-karat white gold and diamond cross necklace ($800-$1,200).

Want to sleep where Cher slept? Try something from her Gothic Revival phase, the Scarisbrick Hall brass bed from around 1865 -- only $20,000-$30,000.

Like her taste in art? One of the highest-priced items is The Holy Family Served by Angels, a 17th-century oil by Ercole Procaccini the Younger, which could fetch $50,000.

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