Five grand, man. And you get to keep the rug.
This weekend, the Hollywood Memorabilia Auction in Beverly Hills will auction off the original, scummy, brown and tan sweater Jeff Bridges wore in “The Big Lebowski.” The starting bid will be $4-6 grand, but it will likely fetch quite a bit more.
Many guys— I would guess about 3 out of 5 who have seen the movie— try in some way to emulate The Dude’s style (or anti-style, as it was) and life philosophy.
Out of these guys there are a select bunch— you probably know one— who seem to be doing a full-on, balls-out Little Lebowski impression.
You know the guy. He’s a sweet, friendly fella who likely doesn’t have a job. Some mistake him for being a pussy, but he’s really just a passivist. He likely has very little furniture, makes a mean White Russian, and invariably smokes weed several times a day, then when you call him out on it says, ”This agression will not stand, man,” and then looks hurt while he takes another hit.
Most of these guys—these hard-core fans— will not be able to afford this cinematic treasure without somehow falling into a Lebowski-like heist situation and then actually pulling it off.
But I wonder what the one who does buy it will do with it. Hang it on the wall? Art collecting seems like a pretty un-Dude-like hobby, as does treasuring movie wardrobe. Will he wear it? Because that would be creepy, and based on the auction listing kind of grody. It reads:
“There were four sweaters made for the production — this vintage sweater and three modern copies, according to costume designer Mary Zophres. Bridges wore this vintage sweater exclusively during the entire production, preferring to wear it all the time and thus delve deeper into the ‘Dudeness’ required of the role.”
I think the best thing to do when he gets it would probably be to make it into a small rug—one that really ties the room together.