(NEW YORK) — Later this year, Olivia Newton-John is teaming up with Julien’s Auctions to sell items from her storied career — including the famous black pants and leather jacket she wore as Sandy in 1978’s smash-hit “Grease.”The singer and actress told ABC News that it wasn’t difficult to part with them.Since the money raised by the auction will go to her Cancer Wellness & Research Center in her native Australia, the icon, 70, had zero compunction about selling anything, including that outfit.
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“I’ve worn them and that was another part of my life, and now it can go to good use and someone can enjoy them,” Newton-John says. “I’m hoping it will end up in a museum somewhere so that people can see them in the future, but if not, a billionaire from China who wants it for his granddaughter…that’s fine too!”But there’s a lot more on the block than just “Grease” items.”I didn’t realize I had so much stuff!” she said. “I had stuff in storage at my house … I had stuff in storage in L.A. My assistant Dana … had scripts and books and things from TV shows” along with “clothing that I’d had on tour.”When deciding what to keep and what to sell, she would ask herself, “Can I let this go?”
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“And every time the answer [was yes] … because it was going to be won by somebody who’d enjoy it and it would help my … Center,” she explained. “So it was a win-win for me.”But before she packed up Sandy’s pants, she admits she tried them on one last time.”I did, and I wasn’t going to tell anyone unless I could get in [them]!” she said with a laugh. “But thank goodness, at least my legs got in there!”The auction is set for Nov. 2.Newton-John revealed last year that her breast cancer had returned for the third time.When asked if she was scared, she simply said, “No, I don’t go there.””There are moments, I’m human,” she added. But she stressed that “I believe I will win over it.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.