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 at a Beverly Hills auction on Saturday, more than double the expected price, Julien’s Auctions said.
The outfit that marked the transition of Newton-John’s character in the 1978 musical from demure high schooler to hot Sandy was among 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” duet with John Travolta were so tight that she had to be sewn into them to film the scene, and were offered 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 film going for many times over estimates, 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 the actress wore to the movie premiere in Los Angeles went for $18,750. A custom Pink Ladies jacket given to the celebrity 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 she had been battling breast cancer for a third time since being diagnosed in 1992.
After 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 as well as the body.
All of the proceeds from the”Grease” jacket and pants will benefit the center, in addition to a portion of all of the other things sold on Saturday.