Patrick Swayze's Dirty Dancing jacket sells at auction for £48,260

Priya Joshi
Patrick Swayze

A leather jacket worn by Hollywood actor Patrick Swayze in the film Dirty Dancing has sold for $62,500 (£48,260) at an LA auction.

Hundreds of items of movie memorabilia went under the hammer in the two-day sale at Julien's auction house, with some of the proceeds going to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Swayze was 57 when he died from pancreatic cancer in 2009.

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The black leather jacket worn by the actor when he delivered the famous line: "Nobody puts Baby in a corner" was expected to sell for $4,000-$6,000.

According to Sky News, it was bought for almost ten times the estimated sale price by a Hollywood memorabilia collector, who gave his name only as Glenn.

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Swayze's maroon silk shirt and Reebok trainers from the 1990 film Ghost went for $17,920 (£13,385), while the actor's DeLorean car fetched $81,250 (£62,700).

A surfboard from action thriller Point Break, sold for $64,000 (£49,410) while a torn t-shirt he wore in the 1991 movie fetched $22,500 (£17,370).

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Among some of the very personal items were one of Swayze's teeth and a set of X-ray images showing his knee and broken leg which was bought for $6,400 (£4,940).

The auction had been a cause of contention between the late actor's widow Lisa Niemi and his niece Danielle Swayze, who said the items should remain in the family.

Patrick Swayze

While Niemi, who was married to the actor for 30 years, admitted she had "mixed feelings" about selling the belongings she said that she had been advised by a grief counsellor that selling the items would be 'healthy' for her.

"No matter what, it's still a letting go," she said. "There's always a little bit of loss associated with that. While it's a very positive thing to do, it's a difficult thing to do."

She added that she wanted to share Swayze's memorabilia with his fans.

Danielle Swayze, who had earlier launched an online petition to stop the sale, said the auction was a "slap in the face".

"These were family heirlooms. It's a slap in the face that she's selling these precious memories," she said.

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