Cosby Sweaters to Sell in EBay Auction

Comedian Bill Cosby’s sweaters from “The Cosby Show,” garments beloved by some as an icon of 1980s television and derided by others as a hideous fashion statement, will be put up for auction next month on the EBay Web site.

Three pullover sweaters, which were kept in storage after “The Cosby Show” went off the air in 1992, will be sold through the EBay Giving Works charity-listing program run by San Jose, California-based EBay Inc. Opening bids in the auction, scheduled for June 2-12, will start at $5,000 per sweater, the Hello Friend/Ennis William Cosby Foundation said today in a statement.

NBC’S “The Cosby Show” was the most-watched U.S. television show from 1985 to 1990, according to Nielsen Media Research, and the term “Cosby sweater” has since gained popularity as a description for any garishly colored sweater. The Web site Urban Dictionary describes a Cosby sweater as an “oversized, hideous-looking sweater with ugly patterns and colors, often worn by old men or hipsters with no taste.”

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