Expectations were surpassed at the recent auction of actress and singer Cher’s belongings spanning more than 700 items. She raises $3.5 Million more than double the pre-sale estimates as celebrity collectors snapped up her possessions. The highest bid was for the costume Bob Mackie-designed rock’n’roll outfit that was sold for $60,000, up to 20 times its estimate of $2,000 to $3,000. The lucky bidder was Brigitte Poublon, wife of U.S. singer and actor Bobby Sherman, who once appeared with Cher on the “Sonny and Cher” show. The single most expensive lot was for Cher’s black 2005 Bentley, which fetched $204,000, while the “Gothic Revival” brass bed from her Malibu residence earned $84,000. “Today every single lot found a buyer, a true testament to Cher’s fan base and longevity as a performer and star,” said Darren Julien, president of Julien’s Auctions, which held the auction with Sotheby’s.
Part of the proceeds will be donated to charity and Cher will use some of the proceeds to redecorate her Malibu mansion. A nifty way of killing two birds with one stone.