Tom Gregory, an actor and gay activist, has just bought two shirts from Brokeback Mountain, as worn by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. And he paid $100,000 for the privilege. And he’s not even going to take them off the hanger, let alone wear them for the rest of his life or dress two dogs in them and make a dog-themed remake of Brokeback Mountain with a 1980s VHS camcorder like we would. Probably.
If you haven’t seen Brokeback Mountain, we won’t spoil the ending
for you. Needless to say, though, in the moments before the
all-singing, all-dancing ending with Heath Ledger (DVDs) and Jake Gyllenhaal
taking off in their flying car, the two Brokeback Mountain shirts
recently bought by Tom Gregory play an important role in the Oscar-nominated
film. Gregory himself calls the Brokeback shirts:
"The ruby slippers of our time."
Gregory won the two Brokeback Mountain shirts on an online auction. The
garments were expected to sell for around $50,000, but ended up going
for twice as much after Gregory sneaked in with the winning bid just 28
seconds before the auction’s end.
The shirts were put on sale by Focus Features, the distributors of
Brokeback Mountain, with the winnings being donated to Variety, a
charity for under-privileged Californian children. Despite paying so
much for the shirts, Tom Gregory seems to be pleased with the shirts:
"It is the ultimate prop from an
extraordinary movie… I would never wear them, put
them on or separate them."
if you missed the Brokeback Mountain shirts and you’re a little pissed
off, don’t be. We’ve found the next best movie memorabilia auction on
eBay at the moment. That’s right – a Stealth-branded tissue tin could be yours for just $0.99! Talk about the ruby slippers of our time…
[story by Stuart Heritage]