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Stars donate old belongings for Children Affected by AIDS

People have been touting the Internet’s possibilities for years. Finally, its value is clear.

Next month, collectors can go online to bid on such items as Dick Van Patten’s shoes, Celine Dion’s curling iron, Buddy Hackett’s ski pants, a duck decoy from Penny Marshall and some chattering teeth that belonged to Donny Osmond.

Even more exciting: It’s all for a good cause.

Running April 1-8, the online auction (at http://www.junkofthestars.com) will benefit the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation, a national org raising funds solely to assist kids living with AIDS and HIV.

Donated items — also including such goodies as Judge Wapner’s leather keyholder (inscribed with the initials J.A.P.), a hockey stick from Mike Myers and Dyan Cannon’s Velcro platform sandals — will also be sold via silent and live auctions April 8 at the House of Blues in L.A. — an event that people can watch on the Web via satellite link.

Junk of the Stars was founded in 1995. With the help of co-chairs Jamie Lee Curtis and Rob Reiner, the org sent letters to 1,000 celebs. Other celeb donations are welcome (call 310/802-0972).

You want more junk? They got more junk! How about Laura Dern’s abacus, Sugar Ray Leonard’s bowling shirt, a stuffed animal from Elizabeth Taylor, an autographed leather jacket from Arnold Schwarzenegger and a wooden Amish quilt rack from Maureen McCormack?

Many of the donations are accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. As if anyone would even try to pirate Buddy Hackett’s ski pants.

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