BEVERLY HILLS (CBS/AP) — Two collectors said you’re the one that I want to Olivia Newton-John’s iconic “Grease” leather jacket and skintight pants at an auction Saturday in Beverly Hills.
Julien’s Auctions says the combined ensemble, which Newton-John’s character Sandy wears in the closing number of the 1978 film, fetched $405,700 total. That’s more than double the expected price. The leather jacket sold for $243,200 and the pants, which Newton-John famously had to be sewn into, went for $162,500. They were sold with a broken zipper.
Other “Grease” memorabilia included a Pink Ladies jacket that went for $50,000 and a poster signed by Newton-John, John Travolta, director Randal Kleiser and producer and songwriter John Farrar, which sold for $64,000.
The proceeds from the jacket and pants, as well as a portion of the other items sold, will go the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre in Australia. In all, $2.4 million was raised at the auction. Newton-John is battling breast cancer for the third time.