Olivia Newton-John’s ‘Grease’ outfit sells for $405,700
Olivia Newton-John’s tight black pants and leather jacket in the movie”Grease” sold for $405,700 in a Beverly Hills auction on Saturday, more than double the expected price, Julien’s Auctions said.
The outfit which marked the transition of Newton-John’s character in the 1978 musical from demure high schooler to hot Sandy was one of 500 items for sale to help raise money for the celebrity’s cancer treatment center in Australia.
The infamous pants worn by Newton-John for the”You’re the One That I Want” a duet with John Travolta was so tight that she had to be sewn into them to picture the scene, and were sold with a broken zipper. The buyers for the jacket and pants were not revealed.
The auction raised $2.4 million in total, with many things about the movie-going for many times overestimates, Julien’s said.
A “Grease” poster signed by Newton-John, Travolta and other cast members sold for $64,000, compared to an estimate of $1,000. The pink lace gown that the actress wore into the movie premiere in Los Angeles went for $18,750. A custom Pink Ladies jacket given to the actress by the cast and crew brought $50,000, 25 times its original estimate.
The British-born, Australian-raised 71-year-old singer and actress said earlier this year that she had been battling breast cancer for a third time since being diagnosed in 1992.
Following her first bout with cancer, she helped set up the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne, which aims to support the mind in addition to the body.
All of the profits from the”Grease” jacket and pants will benefit the center, as well as a portion of all of the other things sold on Saturday.