Olivia Newton-John to auction “Grease” outfit and more
Olivia Newton-John in that black leather jacket and skin-tight pants during the final scene in “Grease” is unforgettable.
And now that outfit is just one of some 500 items, including movie memorabilia, costumes, her red-carpet dresses, personal and touring wardrobes, movie scripts, lyric sheets and more, that will be auctioned Nov. 2 in Beverly Hills.
The auction will benefit the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia.
While Newton-John’s own personal stash going to auction is substantial, she also called on friends John Travolta, Keith Urban, Barry Gibb and Rebel Wilson to donate. There’s a pilot cab from Travolta. An original “Grease” script and the lyric sheets for the hit “You’re the One That I Want” signed by both Newton-John and Travolta. Urban donated a signed guitar and Gibb signed personal lyrics of a song the two did together.
The black leather jacket is expected to sell between $100,000 and $200,000 and the pants $40,000 to $60,000.
In an MSN story, Newton-John said she felt it was time to clean house.
“I’m never going to wear them, and a lot of museums and collectors around the world are showing interest,” said the four-time Grammy winner said who was first diagnosed with cancer 27 years ago. “Otherwise these things would be sitting in a closet, but this way, the money they raise can help someone. And it’ll make me happy knowing people are enjoying them.”