One of the cars used in the famous race scene in the movie “Greece”, and bearing the signature of Olivia Newton-JohnThose who died the day before yesterday will be auctioned on August 20 in Monterey, Southern California.
It is the “Hell’s Chariot”, a black vehicle with black flames and pointed ornaments on wheels, driven by Danny Zuko’s enemy, the character played by John Travolta, the film’s co-star with Newton-John.
The car appeared in the legendary race that Zuko and his rival did under the bridges of the Los Angeles River.
The auction, organized by Mecum Auctions, was planned for months. The starting price of the car is over $600,000, as it is a Mercury coupe built in 1949 and adapted for filming.
It was designed by Eddie Paul, known for his compositions for other films – “Taxi” and “Gone in 60 Seconds” – and to come up with an animated lead for the film “Cars”.
After the premiere of “Grease”, in 1978, “Hell’s Chariot” was used in other films until it ended up in a junkyard in South Los Angeles, where its current owner, Dave DeSure, found it. And after confirming it reinstalled it. Paul its authenticity.
Already restored, Newton-John returns to the car during a parade to promote her concert residency in Las Vegas (USA) in 2014, an event she followed with the film’s director Randall Kleiser on one side of it. signed.
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Hollywood, the music world and the entertainment industry still mourn the death of Olivia Newton-John this Monday, at the age of 73, after fighting for more than three decades. Breast Cancer
John Travolta, her partner in the eternal musical “Grease” (1978), was one of the first to dedicate a few words to her co-star: “My dear Olivia, you made our lives so much better. Your impact was incredible. . I love you so much. We’ll see each other on the road ahead and we’ll be together again. Yours, from the first moment I saw you and forever.”
Minutes after learning of his death, the “Grease” director sent a statement to The Hollywood Reporter claiming he was “heartbroken” and recalled their 40-year friendship.
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