A blonde mullet and sequined shirts have definitely become part of Joe Exotic's brand and, after the success of Netflix’s “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” his wardrobe has apparently risen in value.
This is amounting to big bucks for a man who possesses one of the shiny shirts purportedly worn by him.
Exotic, whose legal name is currently Joe Maldonado-Passage, was found guilty in 2019 of hiring hitman to kill his longtime rival and animal activist Carole Baskin. He’s currently serving 22 years, but claims he was wrongfully convicted. Before his downfall, which is colorfully depicted in “Tiger King,” he ran the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma. It’s now run by Exotic’s former business partner Jeff Lowe, whom Exotic is trying to sue for $15 million.
Following the unprecedented success of the docuseries, Exotic’s old zoo announced it was selling some of his previously owned sequined shirts. A guy named Vincent Baran told TMZ he snatched up a pink one for $100. He didn’t plan on wearing it, though. He immediately posted it to eBay, with a starting bid of $650. By Friday, it was going for $10,400 with less than two hours to go.
The shirt was never even worn by Exotic, his camp has suggested in a Facebook post in late March, which both condemned the shirt sales and compared Exotic to the legendary singer Prince.
“Please be aware [that] Mr. Jeff at the zoo is selling old magic staff clothes and saying they are mine,” Exotic stated. “This should show the world and the movie stars what a scam artist he is and will suck the life from anyone, he tore down my house with everything in it now he wants to make a quick buck? He did this to Prince when Prince died, he made clothes that looked like Prince’s and he sold them as originals and a cops [sic] wife notarizes everything for him.”
Oxygen.com has been unable to reach the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park for comment.
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