DAME Shirley Bassey has thrilled fans by selling off the entire contents of her luxury London apartment for charity - because she wants to make a fresh start in Monaco.

The flamboyant Welsh singer's furniture, which boasted a predominantly leopard-skin theme, reached a staggering $36,000 (GBP20,000) in total at Rosebery's auction house in the English capital.

But auctioneer David Holmes was embarrassed to let many of her items be sold off for far less than expected - including an impressive antique cabinet worth $1500 (GBP800) which was sold for just GBP220 (GBP121).

He says, "I can't believe it, when Dame Shirley phones I'll make sure I'm not in."

16/06/2005 14:08