For many grieving family members, the idea of selling items belonging to your dearly departed loved one is unthinkable. For others, it’s a form of healthy closure—and, occasionally, healthy profit.
On April 28th, more than 200 items from the estate of late actor Patrick Swayze—beloved for his iconic roles in movies like Dirty Dancing and Ghost—will go up for auction by his wife, Lisa Niemi Swayze. Swayze passed away in 2009 from pancreatic cancer.
The auction, taking place at Julian’s Auctions in Los Angeles, includes cool big ticket items from the actor’s storied career, including his leather jacket from Dirty Dancing, the surfboard and wet suit he wore in Point Break, and the Pierre Balmain tuxedo he wore to the 1989 Academy Awards.
Some of the items, however, are of a much more personal nature. The auction includes intimate—and bizarre—offerings such as the actor's teeth, X-rays, a wallet stuffed with credit cards, multiple keys, passports, his high school diploma, and even a G-string he wore in the movie Keeping Mum.
Of the decision, Swayze’s widow Lisa told People, “There was one bright spot in the whole thing. I kept saying to myself, ‘Someday I am going to share all these wonderful items of Patrick’s. That was the thing that kept me going…that I would be able to share Patrick’s incredible life with other people.”
Other items up for sale from Swayze’s estate include a 1984 DeLorean car, a 1986 Harley-Davidson Softail motorcycle, and a slice of wedding cake from Prince William’s 2011 wedding to Kate Middleton.
A percentage of proceeds from the sale will benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund. (The actual percentage remains a mystery.) The auction is expected to garner approximately $300,000.
For those superfans hoping to get closer to their favorite actor, the Los Angeles Public Exhibition will display Swayze’s items from April 24th until April 28th, free to the public.
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