By Advocate.com Editors
Originally published on Advocate.com December 05 2002 1:00 AM ET
Shopaholic singer Elton John moved his wardrobe to a London storefront Wednesday to sell his Gucci, Versace, and Prada cast-offs to raise money for his AIDS charity. John and his partner, David Furnish, opened their "Out of the Closet" sale in a specially rented shop on London's Regent Street as people lined up outside to snatch up thousands of celebrity bargains.
The pair had donated over 17,000 items, including 600 pairs of shoes, 200 belts, and 100 pairs of sunglasses, alongside piles of jackets, coats, shirts, and ties. Contributions from other stars included a gray Versace suit from soccer star David Beckham. Other clothes on sale included the costume John wore at New York's Madison Square Garden in 1974 where John Lennon joined him for his last stage appearance. It is the fourth time John, known for his legendary appetite for shopping, has opened shop to sell his clothes for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.