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Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 04/11/2006

Elton's Closet

By Liz Kelly

If you've always wanted a little piece of Elton John to call your own, this sale's for you: Today through Saturday, 10,000 pieces of clothing belonging to Sir Elton and longtime partner David Furnish (they were wed in a British civil ceremony last year) will be offered for sale to the public at New York's Rockefeller Plaza.

These appear to be Sir Elton's boxer shorts. Or possibly swim trunks. Either way, let's hope they fall into the "gently-worn" category. (AP)

According to an official release, "Nearly 10,000 stage costumes, designer suits, shirts, pants, jackets, accessories, shoes, and more clothing items from the personal wardrobes of Sir Elton John and David Furnish will be sold." Also: "The collection ranges from brand-new, current-season garments to gently-worn vintage treasures in a wide variety of sizes."

All proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Elton John AIDS Foundation. This is a good thing. The kind of thing celebrities should do more often instead of hoarding their cast-off accoutrements in mausoleums reminiscent of Gloria Swanson in "Sunset Blvd." Not that they do this hoarding as a general rule. I just wanted to mention "Sunset Blvd." because it happens to be one of my favorite movies.

Noble cause duly noted, the questions spawned by this event are many. How does one even acquire 10,000 items of clothing? Is this the very height of celebrity excess? Where were all these clothes stored until offered for sale? Some kind of Swanson-esque mausoleum, no doubt. How did John and Furnish decide what to give away and, using the buy something/donate something principle I employ to keep my wardrobe at a static level, does this mean they have room in their closet to buy 10,000 new items? How big a chunk of the whole collection is 10,000 pieces?

No word on whether or not sunglasses (or toupees, she said out of the side of her mouth) will be included. If anyone reading this is in the Manhattan area and up for a little from-the-scene reporting, drop me at note at

By Liz Kelly  | April 11, 2006; 10:47 AM ET
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Elton sells is clothes every few years to raise money for his AIDS foundation. The last one was held in London, I believe. All of his extravagant costumes from the 70s and 80s were sold by Sothebys in 1988.

Posted by: G | April 11, 2006 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm in Atlanta, GA, and Sir has a place here. I was priviledged to see it once when making a quote on re-doing the place for David. 10,000 would not fill the closet here, and I'm sure he brought in stuff from his three homes for this sale. Good on him. Wish I could afford to bid.

Posted by: redneck | April 11, 2006 2:15 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: JAMES DURBIN | September 19, 2006 12:53 PM | Report abuse

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