Sometimes it’s still hard to believe someone as special and talented as Patrick Swayze is gone. This morning, as I gushed over the arrival of my 4-disc limited edition of Donnie Darko (seriously, it’s amazing), I thought about my first encounter with the film. By some strange twist of fate, I caught Donnie Darko during its theatrical release in 2001, spotting an ad for it in The Village Voice and dragging a friend along with me to the tiny theater in back of the Two Boots pizzeria on Ave A in New York City. It feels like a lifetime ago now. Back then, I didn’t know who Jake Gyllenhaal was and sure didn’t know how to pronounce his last name. But I did recognize Swayze and I remember being surprised at the slightly risqué role - my only real identification at the time was Dirty Dancing and the dark secrets that are eventually revealed in the film about his character seemed especially shocking to me.
Of course, Swayze is known for so much more and it’s nearly impossible to choose one iconic role. Which makes the late actor’s upcoming estate auction that much more interesting and bittersweet.
On April 28, Julien’s Auctions are bidding off items that span Swayze’s incredible career in Hollywood and there’s truly something for everyone. Do you love Ghost? For an estimated $2-4K, you can bid on the maroon shirt and grey sneakers Swayze’s character Patrick wore in the film. Dirty Dancing fan? I got you covered! Bid on Johnny Castle’s leather jacket and wear it while you declare that nobody puts baby in a corner. Also up for auction? Swayze’s SNL scripts, which means we must pause and watch that Chippendale’s skit and pour one out for Patrick and Chris. Sigh.
But what truly caught my eye was this: Swayze’s surfboard. I warned you guys about my love for Keanu Reeves and here I am on night number two weaseling him in. But seriously, Point fucking Break guys. Bids are already around $10,000 for Swayze’s custom made surfboard for his role as Bodhi. While Reeves learned to surf for the film and kept up the hobby to this day, Swayze became an accomplished skydiver while prepping for the film’s big skydiving scene. Swayze also refused to use a double for his surfing scenes, just in case you had any doubts about how badass he was.
Swayze’s immense talent is truly missed but if the auction seems a bit to rich for your blood, might I suggest the Righetti Runner-Up prize: Road House on Blu-Ray for under $6.