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Lena Horne's NYC apt artifacts to be sold

February 23, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The estate of late jazz singer and actress Lena Horne is selling off fancy gowns, jewelry and fine art from her New York City apartment.

More than 200 items are up for sale at the Doyle New York auction house. The items range from a sequined evening coat estimated to sell for as little as $100 to an abstract painting by African American muralist and artist Charles Alston expected to rake in up to $50,000.

Also, a mink coat by Horne's favorite designer, Giorgio di Sant' Angelo, is estimated to sell for $300 to $500. A Chanel five-strand choker of gold-tone metal links and faux perals had a $1,000-$1,200 pre-sale estimate.

Horne, who was also a dancer and civil rights activist, died last May at the age of 92.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.