SWEEPING UP THE SEQUINS
We got our hands on a catalog from the Cher auction and the owner wrote down what everything sold for. Our auction friend said that the really valuable items – antiques and paintings – went for LESS than expected and some of Cher’s really cheap costume jewelry and accessories went for a FORTUNE! Bob Mackie’s costumes and sketches brought a ton of money and sometimes the sketches sold for more than the actual costume in the picture. The black spangly thong from the Turn Back Time video started a bidding war that ended at $50,000! Her beloved Laverne outfit from the TV show went for $9000.
Cher’s Valentino sunglasses from the 80’s went for $850. Cher’s crosses went for way above market value up in the thousands of dollars for plain sterling silver. The peace sign necklace pictured was worth around $150 at best and it sold for $11,000. Somebody took Cher’s 1956 custom Ford pickup truck home for $90,000 and we bet it’ll turn up in a car show.
The highly flattering family portrait by Leroy Nieman that makes Sonny look like a Marlboro Man sold for $40,000. We can only hope the four guys in the front row at the auction who bought most of the costumes will find a way to put them on display in a museum or fashion institute where we can all appreciate them. We’d hate to see them end up as Halloween costumes.