Sharon And Ozzy Auction Off Some Osbourne Objects


November 28, 2007

Sharon Osbourne and her rock star husband Ozzy are selling some 600 items from their former Beverly Hills mansion in a two-day auction starting on Friday in hopes of de-cluttering their lives and possibly pocketing $1 million.

“Everything has a memory,” Sharon Osbourne, 55, told Reuters, referring to offerings that include Ozzy’s leather pants, black cape and signature dark glasses as well as a gilded Buddha statue and her diamond rings.

A dining room table used by guests such as Elton John and Elizabeth Taylor is estimated to be worth about $8,000.

Almost all the pieces are from the British-born couple’s Beverly Hills home, featured in the MTV reality show, “The Osbournes.” Sharon and Black Sabbath heavy metal front man Ozzy, who married 25 years ago, moved out in July.

Their adult children Jack and Kelly also recently moved away from home and Sharon said they simply had too much stuff.

“I’ve already got warehouses ceiling to floor full of stuff. And I’m like, what am I doing? What good is it doing me?” she said.

Some proceeds from the sale, managed by Julien’s Auctions, will go to the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Foundation.


Sharon said she felt sad about parting with certain items — in particular, a beaded wire model of the Eiffel Tower she and Ozzy bought at a Paris flea market that was a permanent fixture in their kitchen for years.

“I’ll probably buy it back,” Sharon said, laughing.

But such regrets aside, she said she was ready to move on. “I got to a stage in my life where I’ve got to stop being a hoarder and a collector. I got great enjoyment over the years of collecting all this stuff,” she said, adding: “But now I look at it and go — silly old cow — what are you doing with these collections? Just let it go.”

Instead, she admitted to starting new collections, with modern art and photos replacing seashells and horns. “My taste is broadening — growing up really.”

Osbourne said that despite being married to the self-described Prince of Darkness, she was tired of the Gothic ambience typical of her family’s earlier homes and was looking forward to a more minimalist decor.

The auction is planned for Friday and Saturday at the Gibson Guitar Showroom in Beverly Hills.

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