How much should someone pay for an earring featuring a plastic pharaoh, imitation turquoise and stone beads that doesn’t have a mate?
How about $34,375? The earring in question was worn by Madonna in the 1985 movie Desperately Seeking Susan. A devoted fan forked over the money at the Los Angeles based Julien’s Auctions this past weekend at their “Icons and Idols” sale.
The earring played a key role in the film which also co-starred Rosanna Arquette.
It was the earring that had the film’s villains pursuing both Madonna and Arquette’s characters because it was, allegedly, a very valuable antiquity that once belonged to Queen Nefertiti and was stolen from a museum.
The earring has a hand-painted molded plastic Egyptian pharaoh with metallic leather backing, imitation turquoise and stone beads. Originally, Julien’s estimated that the earring, accompanied by a black and white studio image, would sell for $7,000 to $10,000.
This is the earring that the villains of Desperately Seeking Susan were after. Both Susan Thomas (Madonna) and Roberta Glass (Rosanna Arquette) were targets in the film.
Do you remember the movie? It was fun, very 80’s!