Elton John is
selling thousands of pieces of his personal wardrobe to
raise money for his AIDS charity. The sale, which runs
Tuesday through Saturday, includes 10,000 coats,
sweaters, suits, and other garments worn by John and
his partner, David Furnish.
A temporary shop,
Elton's Closet, was set up in the concourse of
Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan for the sale.
Proceeds benefit the Elton John Aids Foundation. Items
include a black Versace suit with some of John's song
titles, including "Tiny Dancer" and "Rocket Man,"
woven into the fabric and the polka-dot Richard James
suit John wore when he performed with Eminem at the 2001
"The clothes have
hardly been worn. Some of them haven't been worn,"
said the 59-year-old singer, dressed in a dark suit,
gingham-check shirt, and sherbet-striped tie, at a
ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday afternoon.
"There's the most
extraordinary collection of T-shirts, your baseball
caps, your shoes, from flamboyance to classic. And spend
some money to help other people who desperately need
their lives to be changed and improved, and you'll be
doing a really good thing," he said.
This isn't the
first time John has cleaned his closet to raise money for
his foundation. Sales have been held in London and in
Atlanta, where John and Furnish have a home.
Some pieces were
plucked from the racks to be featured in the windows of
the nearby Saks Fifth Avenue department store, one of the
Saks men's fashion director, also eyed some pieces for
"In my hands
right now I've got two short-sleeved Prada shirts, an
orange...cashmere blazer, and Y-3 track pants," Macko told
the Associated Press. "Surprisingly, there's something
for everybody. Either everybody wants to have a piece
of Elton's closet for the historical
perspective--there probably isn't a more famous
wardrobe in our lifetime--or because having a
fluorescent jacket that used to be owned by Elton John
makes a great story."
Pieces up for
grabs also include a forest green and magenta Jean Paul
Gaultier jacket with yellow stars, eight Versace Asian-print
silk robes, and a Brioni mink-lined coat with the
$8,795 price tag still attached.
his-and-his Gucci couture blazers, one gold on a white
background and the other silver on black; a feather
chalk-striped suit; and a silver Versace trench coat.
The items are
mostly bargains, including $150 for a Gucci shirt in a
swirly pattern and $30 for Nike and Adidas sneakers.
A few of the
special "stage pieces" are expected to be sold for
thousands of dollars.
"There's a lot of
off-the-rack Abercrombie T-shirts, and there are
custom designer costumes," Macko said. "[John] also knows
how to pick out important and special pieces. He knows
his designers, and you can see he has selected the
most important pieces from the collections. And he's
from the 'give it to me in any color' ilk." (AP)