“The ruby slippers of our time…”

brokebackauction.jpgTom Gregory, gay activist and partner of David Bohnett (founder of GeoCities and the David Bohnett Foundation) just spent over a hundred thousand dollars on eBay for two used shirts. Granted, they are the shirts that Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhall wore in Brokeback Mountain, but still.

Someday I’d like to know what it feels like to blow $100k on clothes I’m never going to wear.

‘Brokeback’ shirts go for $100,000

Money to go to charity

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) — Tom Gregory just spent more than $100,000 on two used cowboy shirts.

And he couldn’t be happier.

The shirts are the ones worn by the ill-fated lovers, played by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, in Oscar front-runner “Brokeback Mountain.” The shirts that represent their relationship. The shirts that, to Gregory, represent the ongoing plight of gays for acceptance in society.

“They really are the ruby slippers of our time,” said Gregory, 45.

A longtime gay activist, Gregory plans to keep the shirts “as they were, on the hanger, entwined.”

“I would never wear them, put them on, or separate them,” he said.

Gregory logged his winning bid — $101,100.51 — just 28 seconds before the 10-day auction came to a close on Monday. [full story]

::planet out interview’s tom gregory on the purchase::

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