Elton John
April 24, 2006 12:00 PM

When Elton John and husband David Furnish purge their closets, they come up with way more than ratty sneakers and last year’s shorts. Up for grabs at Elton’s Closet, a five-day garage sale the couple held in New York City’s Rockefeller Center to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation this month: no electric boots or mohair suits, but 1,000 pairs of shoes, 600 leather jackets, 220 Versace silk print shirts and 800 suits culled from the couple’s homes in London and Atlanta. With prices starting at just $15 (for a T-shirt), the cast-offs found plenty of takers. In the first five minutes the Richard James polka dot suit John donned for his 2001 Grammy duet with Eminem, priced at $1,500, got snapped up by one lucky fan. Jarett Schmitt, 38, from Tampa, Fla., bought a pair of yellow Versace pants emblazoned with red hearts. “I plan on having them framed,” he declared. Fifteen-year-old Mandy Goldman from Shaker Heights, Ohio, found a T-shirt for her boyfriend. “I want to give it to him and say, ‘Does it feel worn? That’s because it’s been worn by Elton John!'” she explains. But for shopper Robert Sibrizzi, 43, the experience was about much more than the loot. “When Elton came out in 1976, I felt like there was somebody in the world besides me who was gay,” Sibrizzi said. “I had to get something that was his.”

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