Monty Python star John Cleese has been forced to make some radical financial moves as he attempts to pay for the cost of his divorce. Some of the things he already done are moving to another country and launching a stand-up comedy called “Alimony Tour.”
It hasn’t stopped there; now he is offering various movie props and signed photos to fans. One item he is offering is the fibre glass helmet he used in the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The price for this helmet is set at £999.
Other item he is offering up is a photo from 1970 with the Monty Python stars in a frozen pose of silly walks, and that can be purchased for £29.99. Another photo he is making available is a picture from the sketch Python and Fawlty Towers. These mentioned items and others are all available now at the Original Memorabilia Company.
This is the same company he used before to sell his 1987 Bentley Eight, a prized possession of his, which brought him £17,100. The buyer of the car got not only the automobile, but also got lunch with Cleese and a handwritten account of some of the most famous passengers, which includes Kevin Kline and Jamie Lee Curtis.
Just last year, Cleese married Jennifer Wade, his fourth wife, who was 31 years younger than him. In 2008 he divorced Alyce Faye Eichelberger to whom he’d been married for 16 years. At that time he was told to pay £12.5m from his money and assets. This included an annual sum of £612,000 until the year 2016. In addition he was ordered to hand over a New York apartment, and a house in Holland Park, West London.
The mounting financial pressure forced him to sell his California beach house for £6m. Also, he moved from the U.S. to Monaco to evade a large tax bill from the last divorce. Despite his many failed marriages, he has remained friends with his first and second wives, Connie Booth and Barbara Trentham, respectively.