Grease is word as auction beats pantsoff cancer estimates

| REUTERS 4 Nov 2019

Olivia Newton-John's tight black pants and leather jacket from the movie Grease sold for US$405,700 (HK$3.2 million) at a Beverly Hills auction - more than double the expected price.

The outfit that marked the transition of Newton-John's character in the 1978 musical from demure high schooler to sexy Sandy was among 500 items for sale to help raise money for the performer's cancer treatment center in Australia.

The 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 sold with a broken zipper. The buyers for the pants and jacket were not revealed.

Julien's Auctions said Saturday US$2.4 million was raised in total, with many items related to the film going for many times over estimates. A Grease poster signed by Newton-John, Travolta and other cast members sold for US$64,000.

The pink lace gown the actress wore to the movie premiere in Los Angeles went for US$18,750. A custom Pink Ladies jacket given to her by the cast and crew fetched US$50,000, 25 times its original estimate.

The British-born, Australian-raised 71-year-old singer and actress said this year that she was battling breast cancer for a third time since first being diagnosed in 1992.

After her first bout with cancer, she helped set up the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne. All of the proceeds from the jacket and pants will benefit the center, as well as a portion of all the other items sold on Saturday.

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