The Black Leather Jacket And Skintight Trousers The Actress Wore When Performing ‘You’re The One That I Want’ With John Travolta Are Sold To Raise Funds For Her Cancer Research Institute In Australia.
The black leather jacket and skintight trousers that Olivia Newton-John wore for the finale of “Grease” have fetched a staggering $405,700 (£314,000) at auction.
The iconic costume, which Olivia donned to perform “You’re the One That I Want” with John Travolta, made more than double the expected amount, as the singer/actress auctioned off a treasure trove of movie and video memorabilia to raise funds for her Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute in Australia.
Olivia’s original script from the film was also among the items offered for sale by Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California, which in total raised $2.4 million (£1.9 million).
The custom-made 1950s-inspired petal pink point d’esprit lace gown she wore to the 1978 “Grease” premiere in Los Angeles also exceeded expectations, selling for $18,750 (£14,494), three times its estimate. The “Xanadu” star has asked the items’ new owners to send her photos of themselves with their purchases along with a personal note.
Meanwhile, after seeing model Gigi Hadid dressed as her “Grease” character Sandy for Halloween, wearing the famous black outfit, Olivia told Access Daily she reached out to the model to persuade her to bid in the auction.
“I saw a picture of Gigi Hadid, who is one of the most gorgeous girls, and she was wearing my outfit,” she said. “So I sent her a message. I said, ‘Gigi, buy the original. You can get it at the auction!'”
The star is currently battling stage four breast cancer for a third time, after first being diagnosed with the disease in 1992 and once again in 2013.