Fans of tragic Hollywood star Heath Ledger are to get a unique opportunity to buy two of the Oscar winning actor’s original film costumes.
Movie heart-throb Ledger won posthumous Oscar, Golden Globe and Bafta awards in 2009 for his role as The Joker in Batman The Dark Knight following his shock death from an accidental combination of prescription drugs.
He was also nominated for an Oscar and a Bafta award for best actor for his role in the 2005 iconic film Brokeback Mountain about two gay cowboys.
Now fans of the Australian actor, who was just 28 when he died in 2008, are to get the chance to bid for two British Army tunics Ledger wore in the 2002 movie The Four Feathers.
The two scarlet tunics worn by Ledger, estimated at £400 to £600 each, are due to go under the hammer in a sale of vintage fashion by auctioneers Dreweatts in Bristol on February 1.
Auctioneer Malcolm Claridge said: ”Heath Ledger became a huge Hollywood star following his roles in Brokeback Mountain and Batman The Dark Knight and had an enormous number of fans – particularly women.
”The two British Army tunics we are selling are original costumes worn by Ledger in The Four Feathers in which he starred with Wes Bentley and Kate Hudson.
”It’s a unique opportunity for fans of Heath Ledger to bid for one-off items which have never come to the market before and we have already had a lot of interest.”
The two tunics were hand-made for Ledger for his role as British Army officer Harry Feversham in The Four Feathers by London costumiers Angels and still carry original labels bearing his name.
In the film set in Sudan in 1884, the British officer resigns his post just before the bloody Battle of Abu Klea and is given four white feathers by his friends and fiancee as a sign of cowardice.
But unknown to them, the brave officer is actually going undercover and plans to redeem his honour.