Britney Throws a Tag Sale
Spears recently launched an eBay auction of more than 300 of her personal items, with the proceeds benefiting the Mississippi Hurricane Recovery Fund's effort to rebuild the state's coast. Among the goods up for grabs are a custom-made Roberto Cavalli black silk gown, a silver butterfly fairy necklace, a jewel-encrusted bra, striped boxers and several pairs of flip-flops sandals – all worn by Spears. Fans who want their home to be Britney-fied can bid on furniture like a white-and-gold designer ottoman, a two-piece sectional sofa, a round marble table, a daybed or a set of six barstools.
"This is a great opportunity to get some cool and rare Britney items while contributing to an important cause," says a statement on her Web site, britneyspears.com. The Louisiana native, who grew up in the small town of Kentwood, has close ties to Mississippi: She went to school in nearby McComb, Miss., at Parklane Academy.
All items in the auction – which ends Oct. 8 – are certified to come directly from Spears and everything sold will include a letter of authenticity from the singer's legal team with assurance that the merchandise is from "Britney and Kevin's home to yours."
Malcolm's Marriage Plans
Meanwhile, Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz, 19, overcame his own hurricane drama: He and fiancée Jamie Gandy had to evacuate from Metairie, La., where Gandy is from, when Katrina hit.
"We had to drive in hours and hours of traffic to Jackson, Miss., because our flight from New Orleans was canceled. We got a flight out of there, which was the last flight before the airport closed," says Muniz. Gandy, a hairstylist, lost almost all her belongings in the storm, but since relocating to L.A. with the actor, he bought her a new prized possession: a beagle named Bluebird.
Now the two, who met when he was filming the horror movie Stay Alive in New Orleans this spring, are looking to the future. "The wedding will probably be the end of next year," Muniz told us at the W Magazine Yard Sale, a recent event in Brentwood, Calif., benefiting his costar Jane Kaczmarek's Clothes Off Our Back charity. "She has a huge family and I have a huge family, so I'm thinking it might be on the bigger side."
Caught in the Act
Matthew Fox, dining at swanky Beverly Hills restaurant Kate Mantellini with a large group of people.
Courteney Cox, lunching with husband David Arquette and Tim Allen at Asian eatery Kubo Radio in Toronto. The Friends actress – who's shooting the comedy Zoom with Allen in the Canadian city – enjoyed the Yummy Burger, made from beef chuck and Peking duck and topped with panko onion rings. The following day, Cox brought baby daughter Coco to the restaurant.
By ALICIA DENNIS, JENNY SUNDEL, CARRIE BELL and HEIDI STASESON