September 8, 1988

On this day in 1988, Elton John was on the finale of a 4-day “garage sale” where John cleaned house, which in this case looked like a high-end Willie Wonka Hoarders episode.

2,000 items were sold at Sotheby’s, among the items were a Magritte painting of a swimming fish draped with strings of pearls, a diamond brooch shaped like Winnie the Pooh, the 5-foot-tall boots he wore in the movie Tommy, gold records, 100 pairs of his trademark spectacles, Tiffany lampsand his Statue of Liberty stage costume that the 41-year-old felt he had “outgrown.”

“I’m changing direction now,” said John. “I’m doing this so we can start again. I’m going to be ultra modern.”

The take was $8.2 Million

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