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'Grease' leather jacket returned to Olivia Newton-John

December 12, 2019 RawAmericanTruth Lifestyle 0
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Olivia Newton-John’s iconic ‘Grease’ jacket is the one that she wants but she didn’t expect to get back after it sold for more than $200,000 at auction this fall.

The anonymous buyer of the star’s leather jacket, worn by Newton-John’s character, Sandy, in the 1978 film gave the $243,200 item back to her.

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In October, two separate collectors became the fortunate owners of the jacket and the pants, which the actress famously had to be sewn into, at an auction benefitting the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre in Australia. The skintight satin pants, now owned by the founder of Spanx, went for $162,500, bringing the dollar amount of the combined ensemble, which debuted in the film's final scene, to $405,700, Julien’s Auctions, which brokered the sale, said.

Roughly two months later, the auction house posted a "post-auction update" on Facebook surprising Newton-John with the jacket's return.

“The odds of beating recurrent cancer using the newest emergent therapies is 1,000-fold greater than someone appearing out of the blue, buying your most famous and cherished icon, and returning it to you, which is what I am going to do right now,” the unidentified buyer told Newton-John as he handed her a big pink box.


“Are you serious?” Newton-John said as she hugged the buyer. 

Applause and cheers quickly erupted in the background of the video as the Hollywood legend and four-time Grammy Award-winning singers wiped tears from her eyes.

“This is the most incredibly generous thing to do for me. I am so grateful and I am just blown away,” Newton-John said. “It’s such a huge donation to my center.”

More than 500 of the most recognizable film and television costumes, gowns, personal items and accessories owned and used by Newtown-John were up for bid during the benefit auction.

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The focus of Newton-John's institute is to provide "a comprehensive range of services for cancer treatment, education, training and research."

Since being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, Newton-John has become an advocate for health and wellness.

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