Hollywood memorabilia is big business, with one-of-a-kind keepsakes like James Bond’s Aston Martin from Goldfinger and Marilyn Monroe’s flirty white dress from The Seven Year Itch fetching well into the millions when they hit the auction block. But for fans of so-bad-they’re-good ‘80s action movies, the holy grail of movie relics has just gone up for sale: Patrick Swayze’s low-riding, and ass-kicking, sweatpants from Road House.
The lace-up, elastic-hemmed sweats should have gotten equal billing with Swayze—if not an Oscar nomination—for their durability alone, as they played a key role in many of the film’s most awesomely brutal fight scenes. Like this one:
And while pain don’t hurt, the cost of these drawers could leave your wallet with a bit of a bruise: though the current bid is a fairly reasonable $400, Julien’s Auctions estimates that the final bid will likely be at least double that—in the $800 to $1200 range. But they’re not the only Road House keepsakes: a pair of black tank tops that Swayze trained in should sell for about $600 to $800, while this jarring tan and red suit combo he wore is expected to fetch as much as $3000.
The items are part of a much larger online auction of Property From The Estate of Patrick Swayze, which will run through April 28. In addition to some of the late actor’s personal belongings—including clothing, furniture, art, antiques, and an impressive number of cowboy boots and hats—there are many more movie mementos. Like the leather biker jacket Swayze was wearing when he declared that “Nobody puts Baby in a corner” in Dirty Dancing (you’re going to want scrape together about $6000 to buy that) and the maroon silk shirt and Reeboks he haunted Demi Moore in (in a romantic way) in Ghost.
But, let’s get back to those sweatpants … Will they hug the pubis as snugly as they did in the movie when practicing roundhouse kicks in real life? Only one lucky bidder will find out.