Feathers, costumes and jewels sported by French musical legends from Josephine Baker to Maurice Chevalier are up for grabs at a rare auction in Paris.

More than 5000 items from a private collection of star attire from the Casino de Paris - a venerable city music hall - will go under the hammer on January 26 and 27, the Arts Talents Encheres auction house says.

They include a gown worn by American-born dancer, singer and actress Josephine Baker, who became the first black artist to gain global fame.

Baker used the sequinned outfit at her last public appearance - a retrospective revue - in 1975. It is thought to fetch up to 6000 euros ($7714).

Other memorabilia include Chevalier's trademark boater hat, which he always wore on stage. The French entertainer later became a Hollywood star.

The auction also features items from the wardrobe of Jane Avril, a French can-can dancer made famous by French post-Impressionist painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

The West Australian

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