Tuesday 20 February 2018

Heath Ledger's 'bloodied' shirt from Brokeback Mountain could fetch £16k at auction

Heath Ledger at a photocall for the film 'I'm Not There', during the Venice Film Festival in Italy.
Heath Ledger at a photocall for the film 'I'm Not There', during the Venice Film Festival in Italy.

By David Mercer

The shirt will be sold in the Hollywood Legends sale in Los Angeles next month.

A “blood-stained” shirt worn by the late actor Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain is expected to fetch up to 20,000 dollars (£16,000) at auction next month.

The Western-style shirt, which has patches of fake blood on it, featured in a fight scene with Heath’s co-star Jake Gyllenhaal in Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning 2005 film.

It is being sold for the first time as part of a collection of shirts from the movie, which starred Heath and Jake as two cowboys who embark on a secret gay affair.

Heath died in 2008 from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs at the age of 28.

The Hollywood Legends sale, hosted by Julien’s Auctions, will feature a range of rare movie memorabilia including a bra owned by Marilyn Monroe, a dinner suit worn by Daniel Craig as James Bond and one of Steve McQueen’s motorcycles.

The bra from Marilyn’s “personal professional wardrobe” has an estimated value of 8,000 to 10,000 dollars (£6,400 to £8,000), an auction house spokeswoman said.

Marilyn’s blonde wig from her last completed film, The Misfits in 1961, is being sold for 20,000 to 40,000 dollars (£16,000 to £32,000).

A Tom Ford-designed white dinner suit worn by Daniel in 2015 film Spectre is expected to fetch 50,000 to 60,000 dollars (£40,000 to £48,000).

Steve’s 1972 Honda CB450 motorcycle, which has a personalised number plate of the late star’s name, is valued at 50,000 to 70,000 dollars (£40,000 to £56,000).

A racing jacket won by The Great Escape actor during his 1970 race at Phoenix International Raceway is expected to sell for 40,000 to 60,000 dollars (£32,000 to £48,000).

The auction takes place in Los Angeles on April 29 – a day after Patrick Swayze’s estate sells some of his belongings including his leather jacket from Dirty Dancing.

Fans can register to bid at www.juliensauctions.com.

Press Association

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