Tickets for Barbra Streisand's first British shows in 13 years have sold out in minutes, despite the best seats costing £600 ($1,200), the star's representative said on Saturday.

Streisand is playing London's O2 Arena, formerly known as the Millennium Dome, for two nights in July. Tickets went on sale to the public on Friday.

"After her first show, on July 18, sold out in 20 minutes the decision was made to add a second night on July 22. This has also sold out," the representative's statement said.

Streisand is the best-selling female artist of all time, collecting 50 gold, 30 platinum and 13 multi-platinum albums.

Some of the proceeds from the tour, which also takes in Paris, Vienna, Nice and Dublin, will go to The Streisand Foundation which supports causes including the environment, civil rights and disadvantaged youngsters.

Her Web site lists tickets ranging from £100 to £600, many times more expensive than those of most big-name artists who perform in Britain.

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