Swayze's Dirty Dancing jacket sells for £48,000 despite niece's call to stop auction

A leather jacket that Hollywood actor Patrick Swayze wore in the film Dirty Dancing has sold for $62,500 (£48,260).

It was among hundreds of items that went under the hammer in an auction of the late star's memorabilia in Los Angeles.

His widow Lisa Niemi said she had "mixed feelings" about selling the belongings.

However, his niece Danielle Swayze had called for the auction to be cancelled, arguing the items should remain in the family.

Ms Niemi said she wanted to share Swayze's memorabilia with his fans but refused to comment on opposition from Ms Swayze, who described the auction as a "slap in the face".

The actor's niece also set up an online petition, which attracted nearly 1,500 signatures.

Some of the proceeds from the sale at Julien's Auctions will go to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Swayze, who was 57 when he died from pancreatic cancer in 2009, wore the black leather jacket in 1987's Dirty Dancing when he delivered the famous line: "Nobody puts Baby in a corner."

It had a pre-sale estimate of $4,000-$6,000 and was bought by a Hollywood memorabilia collector, who gave his name only as Glenn.

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 was sold for $81,250 (£62,700).

His other belongings on sale included a surfboard from action thriller Point Break, which sold for $64,000 (£49,410).

A torn t-shirt he wore in the 1991 movie fetched $22,500 (£17,370).

One of Swayze's teeth and a set of X-ray images showing his knee and broken leg was bought for $6,400 (£4,940).

Ms Niemi, who was married to Swayze for 34 years, said she had "a lot of mixed feelings" about the auction.

She said: "No matter what, it's still a letting go. 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."

Ms Niemi, who remarried in 2014 to jeweller Albert DePrisco, said she decided to auction Swayze's items when she moved out of their New Mexico ranch where they had lived for 30 years.

She added that a grief counsellor had also advised her that auctioning off the items "would be really healthy for you".

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

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