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Thrift Shopping: rummage from the Lyric Opera

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The Lyric Opera's attic is capacious and hasn't been cleared in decades. Many of its 300 or so costumes--kimonos from Madama Butterfly, gypsy dresses and toreador suits from Carmen, and peasant outfits from who knows what--were inherited from predecessor companies, including the Chicago Opera Company, which was founded in 1910. But this Friday the Lyric will part with some of these items at a pre-Halloween rummage sale.

Sophisticated party throwers may find a number of useful accessories--the cage from Hansel and Gretel, statues of Eastern deities, and wooden crates large enough to hold all of Bluebeard's wives with room to spare. Next weekend the niftiest of the Lyric's goodies will be offered in an auction. These include marvelously deco architectural artifacts from the late Civic Theatre--which was turned into dressing rooms and rehearsal space in the Lyric's renovation (know anyone in the market for a bronze-and-iron stair rail or a giant chandelier?)--as well as costumes worn by legendary performers and one-of-a-kind autographed items donated by such stars as Marilyn Horne, Joan Sutherland, and Placido Domingo.

The rummage sale will take place from 10 to 5 this Friday, October 27, at Salvage One, 1524 S. Sangamon. There will be public viewings for the auction at Leslie Hindman's showroom, 215 W. Ohio, next Friday and Saturday, November 3 and 4. The auction begins at 1 PM Sunday, November 5. For more information, call 670-0010.

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