38 (33=) OzzyOsbourne and family £110m (£100m)
Sharon Osbourne’s been having a bit of a clear-out. Bidders from all over the world turned up at the Beverley Hills Guitar Showroom in early December to bid for more than 600 items of Ozzy and Sharon memorabilia accumulated over their many years together.
Possessions which went under the hammer included an Ozzy coat embroidered with bats which fetched £1,650, a pair of the Brummie rocker’s trademark round glasses went for £2,600 and a pair of his trainers went for £1,300. Also auctioned was the quad bike that Ozzy came close to killing himself on in 2003, and his favourite pool table.
Apparently Ozzy, aged 58, wasn’t too keen on getting rid of so many of his prized possessions. "I don’t know why we’re selling everything, but Sharon keeps telling me we have to or our house will f***ing explode," he is quoted as saying.
The proceeds of the auction went to the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer charity which she set up after battling the disease herself.
Since her recovery, Ozzy has had a new lease of life musically. Not only did he do his annual Ozzfest tour in the summer, he has also been taking the States by storm with a 40 city stadium tour. He tours Australia and New Zealand later this year.
His two latest singles were titled Not Going Away and I Don’t Wanna Stop which suggest he’s going to be around for a good while yet.
Ozzy’s company, Monowise, has a turnover of more than £4 million and is doing nicely, boosted by his return to touring and his new album, Black Rain. Sharon continues to boost the Osbourne coffers with TV advertising deals and appearances, including her on-off stint on the X Factor jury.
It’s all a far cry from Ozzy’s childhood in Lodge Road, Aston, born into a poverty stricken family with six children. Bullied at school and suffering learning difficulties, he found refuge in music, and Black Sabbath was born.
His big leap from rock star to celebrity came in 2002 when he became the unlikely star of an MTV reality TV series The Osbournes. The series, based on the unconventional domestic life of Ozzy and his family, ran for three years and became one of MTV’s greatest hits.
He may live on a huge Buckinghamshire estate and have homes in Beverly Hills and Malibu, but Ozzy is still Birmingham’s favourite rocker.