When the legendary leather jacket worn by Olivia Newton-John in her role as Sandy in the 1978 film “Grease” was purchased at a charity auction in November, the actress undoubtedly believed that she would never see it again.
The Grammy-winning singer and actress, however, got an early Christmas present this year. Olivia received the iconic piece of clothing as a present from a guy who referred to himself as her number one admirer.
He did this for the sole reason that he thought that Olivia was the “rightful owner” of the item. The identity of the person who won the charity auction is kept secret.
“It is the kindest thing,” Olivia responds, before bursting into tears, “I will always remember that.” The guy said that the coveted jacket does not legally belong to him in any capacity.
“This jacket belongs to you and the collective soul of those who love you, people for whom you are the soundtrack of their life,” he told her. “It shouldn’t be kept in the closet of a millionaire just so he can boast about it at the country club.
Because of this, I am returning it in a manner that is both respectful and humble to its original owner, which is you.”
Olivia expressed her profound gratitude to the anonymous donor for his kind act.
Olivia conducted a charity auction in November, during which she auctioned off memorabilia from the film “Grease,” including the renowned costume pieces she wore during the film’s closing song “You’re the One That I Want.”
The proceeds from the sale went to a local cancer charity. Her leather jacket went for $243,200.
According to Julien’s Auctions, the proceeds from the charity sale amounted to a total of $2.4 million. The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre in Australia received every penny of the profit that was made.
Since 1992, Olivia has been diagnosed with cancer three times, and she is now undergoing treatment.
She fought breast cancer twice, and in September of this year, she disclosed that she was also battling cancer that had spread to her spine.