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June 12, 2002

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Barbara Mandrell stayed up until 3 a.m. Tuesday getting ready for the five-day estate sale at her home, but she wasn’t marking price tags.

The country singer wrote notes to authenticate and raise the value of some of the sale items, including several racks of dresses and costumes she wore on stage.

On a Manila envelope containing monogrammed pillow cases selling for $100, she wrote: ``These were my pillow cases. Love, Barbara Mandrell. P.S. They were (husband) Ken’s, too. I wasn’t ‘Sleeping Single in a Double Bed!’ Ha!″

’``Sleeping Single in a Double Bed″ was one of many hits for Mandrell in the 1970s and ’80s. She was named best entertainer by the Country Music Association in 1980 and 1981, while starring in the ``Barbara Mandrell & the Mandrell Sisters″ variety show on NBC. The 53-year-old retired from music in 1997.

Mandrell auctioned her 137-acre Fontanel estate near downtown Nashville last month for $2.1 million, and the estate sale, timed to coincide with the annual Fan Fair festival for country music lovers, runs through Saturday.

Husband Ken Dudney says an empty nest, not financial problems, pushed the sales. Two of the couple’s three children are grown, and he and Mandrell recently moved into a smaller home.

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On the Net:

Barbara Mandrell site: http://www.barbara-mandrell.com/

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