There’s a huge trade in movie props and costumes, but it’s usually only truly iconic pieces that reach exceptionally large sums. It seems someone feels shirts worn by Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain are worth a pretty penny, as GayStarNews reports that a pair of them fetched $15,625 in an auction that ended last Thursday.
The pieces were sold by Hollywood memorabilia collector Nate D. Sanders, although it’s not known who bought them. Although you might have expected these to be the shirts that play such an important role at the end of the movie, they were actually worn by Heath’s character, Ennis, when he tell Jack that he doesn’t plan to sleep with him again. They consist of a white ribbed tank top and rust coloured plaid shirt.
2005’s Brokeback Mountain tells the story of two cowboys who go to look after sheep on the titular mountain and end up falling for one another. While both Ledger’s Ennis Del Mar and Jake Gyllenhaal’s Jack Twist go on to marry women, over a 20 year period they just can’t quit one another.
The film won three Oscars, although both actors lost out despite being nominated.