Patrick Swayze’s widow Lisa Niemi Swayze is keeping her late husband’s memory alive by auctioning off some of his most valued possessions.
The dancer/writer and Swayze were married for 34 years before he lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in 2009, and now the 60-year-old is selling off some of her late husband’s most prized possessions as part of a Julien’s Auctions event in Los Angeles in April (17).
While packing up the ranch she once shared with the star, Lisa tells People magazine that despite her grief, she looked forward to one day sharing the items that were precious to him.
“There was one bright spot in the whole thing. I kept saying to myself, ‘Someday I am going to share all these wonderful items of Patrick’s,” she says. “That was the thing that kept me going.”
Among the items that will be available to bidders are the leather jacket he wore in the beloved 1987 film Dirty Dancing.
“Every item tells a story and says so much about who he was,” Lisa adds. “He loved that jacket. I’ve never seen another one like it.”
Costumes and props from his other well known films, such as Ghost and Point Break, will also be up for grabs, as well as the tuxedo he wore to the 1989 Academy Awards – an item that was incredibly significant for Swayze.
“Before that, he always rented one, so it was the first tux he actually owned,” says Lisa. “When you’re coming from watching your pennies and eating peanut butter sandwiches, to stepping into a designer boutique in Paris and choosing a tuxedo, it was quite a treat. He was a cowboy-boots-and-black-jeans kind of guy, but he appreciated good clothes.”
Part of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the Pancreatic Action Cancer Network.