Later this month, Julien’s Auctions, an auction house that specializes in high-profile celebrity and entertainment auctions, will be taking over the Gibson Guitar Showroom in Beverly Hills, California, filling the space with more than 500 items from the “Osbourne Collection,” a veritable treasure trove of Ozzy Osbourne memorabilia that’s sure to attract followers of the self-proclaimed Prince of Darkness, as well as fans of the Osbournes’ eponymous reality-television series.(Check out pictures of some bloody brilliant items from the sale right here.)
To be held November 30 and December 1, with pre-sale exhibitions planned for November 26-29, the “Osbourne Collection” has it all, from fine and decorative art, jewelry and furnishings to the wigs Sharon Osbourne wore following her treatment in 2002 for colon cancer (see “Sharon Osbourne To Undergo Cancer Surgery, Two Ozzfest Shows Postponed” ); the hairpieces’ starting price is $200 each.
As you’d expect, the lot is full of some rather amusing oddities and, well, artifacts associated with several recent misfortunes that have befallen the Osbourne clan. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Foundation.
“It has taken a lifetime to collect all of these items,” Sharon Osbourne said in a press release concerning the auction. “Both Ozzy and I have very special memories of each and every item as it came into our home and became part of our lives. It is like giving up a part of us, and we hope each and every item finds a very special home.”
There are plenty of items — gathered from the Osbournes’ Beverly Hills mansion (see “Osbournes Put House That Ozzy Built On The Market” ), Malibu beach house and their Buckinghamshire, England, estate — on the block that will thrill the rock-and-roll family’s female fans, like gowns and dresses Sharon and daughter Kelly have worn to various public events over the last few years. Starting at $800 each are the Vivienne Westwood Couture Sangria gown Sharon donned at the 2004 Royal Variety Concert and the Hardy Amies dress she was wearing during the 2005 Royal Variety Concert, which she hosted.
“When I hosted the Royal Variety performance for Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip, I wanted to have a new outfit for every time I appeared on stage,” said Osbourne. “I asked the world’s top designers and I think they did a fabulous job. Unfortunately, with something so high profile, they could only be worn once, each only worn for a few minutes while onstage.”
There are three pairs of Ozzy’s trademark wire-rim glasses (starting at $1,000 each), as well as his red, reversible velvet robe, which he wore throughout all four seasons of “The Osbournes” ($400). He’s even getting rid of his Robin Rotenier-commissioned sterling-silver skull-and-crossbones cuff links ($400). There’s also Ozzy’s bat coat, a floor-length men’s black coat in satin, with bat-wing scallops on the chest and hem, and a bat-wing cape attached from the shoulders ($800).
And if you’ve ever given the Osbournes any kind a gift, award or gold record, here’s your chance to buy it back. Take that proclamation Ozzy was presented with back in 2004, from Seven Hills, Ohio, mayor David Bentkowski, honoring the musician’s contributions to the city ($400). Or the 2002 Teen Choice Award (essentially a big surfboard) the Osbournes took home for “Choice TV Reality Show” ($600).
In the market for some gold records? No problem. Take your pick from a Metallica gold record (presented to Ozzy and Sharon for Master of Puppets), Static-X’s Wisconsin Death Trip or Pantera’s Reinventing the Steel (starting at $800 each).
If that’s too steep, you may want to consider procuring the platinum record Sharon was given for Lita Ford’s Lita, the double-platinum disc awarded to Ozzy for No More Tears or the gold records for Ugly Kid Joe’s America’s Least Wanted, P.O.D.’s The Fundamental Elements of Southtown and System of a Down’s self-titled debut (all listed at $600). For true Ozzy collectors, there’s a silver engraved backstage pass from a 2002 Donington festival Ozzfest stop ($100) and a guitar-pick necklace — featuring the line “Don’t F— With Ozzy” — of which only Osbourne and guitarist Zakk Wylde own duplicates ($100).
Several items removed from Osbourne’s Beverly Hills manse will be going to the highest bidder, including the pair of cast-bronze satyr heads that adorned the outer gates of the residence ($800), a Tiffany Miller mosaic ceramic-tile plaque that depicts Sharon and Ozzy together ($100) and a beautiful Adler Victorian-style carved-walnut pool table, which was handcrafted for the Ozzman ($8,000). Also for sale are his Golden Nugget slot machine ($500) and custom airbrush-painted, skull-covered motor scooter, which even comes with a matching helmet ($500).
Those aren’t the only toys from the Osbourne abode you can get your hands on later this month. If you’re short on funds, there’s Ozzy’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim rally monkey ($25). On the other end of the spectrum, there’s his red 2006 Bentley Continental Flying Spur, which is powered by a 6.0 liter, twin-turbocharged V12 engine with six-speed automatic transmission, leather interior, a six-CD changer, satellite radio, Bluetooth telephone system, a navigation system and a trunk large enough to hide a body ($160,000).
Remember that ATV accident Ozzy had back in 2003? (See “Ozzy Seriously Injured After Crashing All-Terrain Vehicle” ) Well, now you can own a piece of rock history, as the auction will even include the Yamaha Banshee quad the rocker was driving at the time of the mishap, complete with keys marked “Ozzy’s Bike” ($2,000).
More disturbing, perhaps, is lot #68, a Charles Korschann-inspired, gilt-bronze lamp with a naked female figure on a shape base — shade not included. This, according to the catalogue, is believed to be the cause of the 2006 fire at the Osbournes’ home, and bidding starts at $2,000.