When Olivia Newton-John‘s iconic black leather jacket from the movie Grease sold for $243,200 last month at a charity auction, the Grammy-winning singer said goodbye to it for good. Or so she thought…
But the buyer, who described himself as her number one fan, had other ideas said in LA this weekend, in a video posted on Facebook by Julien’s Auctions,
“This jacket belongs to you and the collective soul of those who love you, those for whom you are the soundtrack of their lives. It should not sit in a billionaire’s closet for country club bragging rights. For this reason I humbly and respectfully return it to its rightful owner, which is you.”
“Are you serious? That is the sweetest thing.”
The buyer wanted to remain anonymous, so his face is blurred in the video. The auction house said he is a doctor and a medical technology entrepreneur. The money was raised for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research and Wellness Centre in Australia.
Spanx founder Sara Blakely bought the pants, which Newton-John said she had to be sewn into.
The sale raised a total of $2.4 million, according to the auction house.
On the auction website, a note said that Newton-John wanted to see people enjoying what they’d bought. Julien’s asked the winners to send a photo of themselves with the item they purchased and a personal note, which the auction house would compile in a scrapbook for the star.
(Photo, screen grab; via CNN)