The brown leather jacket made famous by greaser Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli in the hit TV sitcom Happy Days, sold for $75,312 as part of the 26-lot Henry Winkler Collection at Bonham’s TCM sale December 8.
The jacket was part of a complete Fonzie outfit featuring: an original pair of blue jeans, two white cotton T-shirts and a pair of black leather biker boots. Winkler’s Fonzie character became a pop culture icon and has endured long after the ten-year run of Happy Days (1974-84). A statue of the character – The Bronz Fonz – was erected in downtown Milwaukee, home of the fictional TV show.
Winkler, 76, auctioned off a number of props and recognizable costumes he wore during his six-decade acting career, which began back in the early 1970s. The top-selling item in the event was Fonzie’s motorcycle, a 1949 Triumph Trophy 500, which sold for $231,562, including premium. The motorcycle was used throughout the series by Fonzie, although Winkler confessed he couldn’t ride the bike himself and rammed it into a sound truck the first time he tried.
Other Happy Days-worn items that went for impressive sums included mechanic overalls that sold for $14,025; a button-up Army shirt for $2,040; a softball uniform that sold for $1,275; cowboy boots that went for $1,083. The auction realized $320,000. Winkler will donate a portion of the proceeds to This Is About Humanity, a nonprofit his daughter, Zoe, started with friends that aims to support separated and reunified families at the U.S./Mexico border.