Streisand's ex-flame to auction early tapes

By AFP

June 18, 2010 Updated Aug 21, 2009 at 8:12 PM EDT

A former boyfriend who says he first put Barbra Streisand on the road to stardom is to auction three tapes he made of the singer almost half a century ago, the New York Post daily reported Friday.

Barry Dennen said the three tapes would be sold with bids starting at one million dollars on the web site MomentsInTime.com.

"I'm a little trepidatious. I don't know what the fallout will be. I don't like upsetting Barbra, and I don't want her fans angry at me," the Post quoted Dennen as saying.

Dennen says he met Streisand in 1959 while acting on Broadway in New York and they became lovers. He heard her sing while they were with friends and he persuaded her to start performing in public.

The tapes include the songs "A Taste of Honey" and "Two Brothers" that Streisand sang in Dennen's apartment, with him playing guitar, the Post said.

Dennen wrote a memoir "My Life with Barbra: A Love Story," in 1997.




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