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'Sopranos' duds fetch big bucks at auction

June 26, 2008 at 2:02 PM   |   Comments

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NEW YORK, June 26 (UPI) -- Clothing worn by actor James Gandolfini when his character Tony was shot on the mob drama "The Sopranos" sold for $35,000 at an auction in New York.

Gandolfini donated about two dozen outfits he kept from the recently wrapped HBO series, The Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger said.

His character's iconic bathrobe sold for $11,000 after Gandolfini spurred on the bidders stalled at $9,000 by shouting, "When I die, it'll be worth a lot of money."

The shirt his character wore in the show's opening credits also sold for $11,000.

Proceeds from the sale of Gandolfini's personal items are to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization that helps soldiers severely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, the newspaper said.

The sale of Gandolfini's costumes were part of a Christie's Pop Culture sale.

The Star-Ledger said dozens of other "Sopranos" costumes worn by other actors on the show were also sold courtesy of the Hollywood memorabilia vendor The Golden Closet at Wednesday's auction.

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