Ayyyy! Happy Days Star Henry Winkler Is Selling His Original Fonzie Jacket
Originally conceived as a minor supporting character opposite Ron Howard’s Richie Cunningham on Happy Days (1974 to 1984), Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli became one of the most well-known television characters in the history of the medium. Embodied by Henry Winkler, the Fonz had a trademark sartorial style, including a brown leather jacket that he wore even while water-skiing for the infamous “jump the shark” scene in the series.
Winkler wore a few jackets on the show, one of which resides in the Smithsonian. But another that Winkler kept as a memento will soon be put up for auction. On December 8, Bonhams will be offering a complete Fonzie wardrobe, including the jacket, blue jeans, white T-shirt, and boots that completed Winkler’s greaser look.
The price to have Fonzie’s closet dumped in your own home? An estimated $50,000 to $70,000.
Winkler told The Hollywood Reporter that the COVID-19 pandemic gave him time to go through his personal belongings. The result is a trove of memorabilia from his long career, including two Ghostface masks from 1996’s Scream (Winkler played the principal) that could go for $20,000 to $30,000 each. Other clothing from Happy Days, Night Shift (1982), and more will be available as well. Bonhams is also offering a Fonzie motorcycle used on the series that could see bids of $80,000 to $120,000.
Winkler will donate some of the proceeds from his auction items to This Is About Humanity, a nonprofit offering aid to families separated at the U.S. and Mexico border.
Bonhams will conclude the auction on December 8.
[h/t The Hollywood Reporter]
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