Denny Doherty jacket fetches $250 at auction
Published Sunday, February 4, 2007 11:34PM EST
HALIFAX - A simple, navy jacket believed to be worn by Halifax native Denny Doherty on the children's television program "Theodore Tugboat'' fetched $250 at a Nova Scotia auction on Sunday.
Doherty, who died more than two weeks ago at the age of 66, is also known as a member of the '60s folk-rock group the Mamas and the Papas.
The jacket, which was auctioned off in Windsor, was worn by Doherty when he played the friendly harbourmaster on the CBC-produced "Theodore Tugboat'' in the 1990s, said auctioneer Margie Carter.
Bidding on the jacket, which is made of wool and features gold stripes on its sleeves, began at $150.
Carter said while about 600 people came to the auction, only three placed bids on the jacket.
"There was a ton of people here, but a lot of people were here looking at it and I think it was just the oddity of it _ they wanted to see what it looked like,'' said Carter.
"I was a little disappointed that that's all it brought. I thought for someone with (Doherty's) stature, it should have brought more than that.''
The winning bidder was Allan Singer of Halifax, who said he's a big fan of the Mamas and the Papas.
"I was surprised it went for that. Very shocked,'' Singer told CTV News. "I'm quite happy.''
Carter said while she was surprised the jacket didn't sell for more, she said the seller -- Halifax entrepreneur Bill Mont -- was happy with the final price.
Mont initially bought the jacket after finding it in a box of costumes when the show's production office was shutting down.
"Theodore Tugboat,'' which featured a cast of radio-controlled model tugboats, was broadcast on CBC and later in the United States on PBS, a non-profit public broadcaster.
Doherty starred on the show more than 20 years after the breakup of the Mamas and the Papas.
The band, whose hits included "California Dreamin''' and "Monday, Monday,'' split up in 1968 after only three years together.
Michele Phillips, who delivered the eulogy at Doherty's funeral last weekend, is the band's last surviving member.
Cass Elliot died after suffering a heart attack in 1974 at the age of 30. John Phillips, the group's chief songwriter, died in 2001 at age 65.