Heavy metal fans are not usually seen making bids at a high-end auctions, but they turned out in numbers to snatch up a coat with embroidered bats, sneakers with skulls on them and other items put up for sale by Ozzy Osbourne.
â€œWe had Ozzy fans bidding against these sophisticated fine art buyers, which you donâ€™t see every day,â€ said Darren Julien, whose company, Julienâ€™s Auctions, ran the charity sale. Bidders came from as far as Germany to try to buy belongings from the Beverly Hills mansion.
Items featured on Osbournesâ€™ hit MTV show were the most popular, Julien said.
Julien said the â€œOzzy factorâ€ made ordinary items command big-ticket prices. An oversized coffee cup that Osbourne often clutched while the cameras rolled sold for $1,625.
Fine art buyers were interested in items like a sculpture by French artist Edouard Drouot and a painting by Gabriel Joseph Marie Augustin Ferrier.
Julien said Osbourne almost did not want to part with his prized pool table because he cherished the memories of playing with his children. The table eventually ended up on the auction block and it brought in $11,250.
The auction brought in $800,000. All proceeds from the sale will go to The Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.