Buyer gives Olivia Newton-John back her Grease jacket after buying it at charity auction


a woman brushing her teeth: Olivia Newton-John in Grease, 1978© Provided by Mirror
Olivia Newton-John in Grease, 1978

Olivia Newton-John has been reunited with the iconic leather jacket she wore in 1978 film Grease.

The item was among 500 items she was selling to benefit the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Center in Melbourne and the hammer went down at over double the list price.

The 71-year-old former actress has battled cancer three times over recent years and she opened the centre in Australia after she was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992.

She was bowled over by the actions of the buyer of the famous Grease jacket after he returned it to the singer and donated the $243,000 (£185,000) he spent to her cancer treatment center in Australia.

“It should not sit in a billionaire’s closet for country club bragging rights,” the anonymous buyer told Newton-John, according to video of the exchange provided by Julien’s Auctions.

a person sitting on a table: Olivia Newton-John is reunited with the iconic Grease jacket© Provided by Mirror
Olivia Newton-John is reunited with the iconic Grease jacket

“The odds of beating a recurring cancer using the newest emerging 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,” the buyer told the actress as he presented her with the jacket at a meeting in California last weekend.

The jacket and the figure-hugging black pants worn by Newton-John for her ‘You’re the One That I Want’ duet with John Travolta in the movie were sold to separate buyers at a Beverly Hills auction last month, fetching more than double the expected price.

a group of people standing in a room: An anonymous buyer donated it back to Olivia© Provided by Mirror
An anonymous buyer donated it back to Olivia

The buyer of the jacket called himself the singer’s “No. 1 fan” and wished Newton-John “God speed for a quick recovery.”

The singer said she would put the jacket on display at the Melbourne cancer centre.

“That is the most incredibly generous thing to do for me,” she told him. “I am so grateful, and I am just blown away.”


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