Los Angeles, CA- If you’ve ever wanted to get your hands on some Monty Python memorabilia now may be your chance as the legendary John Cleese is being forced to sell items from his personal collection to pay for his third divorce.
Even Cleese has moved and on married his fourth wife; the million dollar settlement awarded to his third wife has thrust the legendary funnyman into financial trouble. Cleese divorced American-born psychotherapist Alyce Faye Eichelberger in 2008 to whom he was married for 16 years. A court awarded Eichelberger $13 million in cash and additional assets which amounted to a little over $1 million dollars a year until 2016. At the time he surrendered an apartment in New York and one in London. But he is still struggling to meet his obligations under the settlement so he has a plan.
Some of the memorabilia Cleese collected from his time appearing in Fawlty Towers and Monty Python will be sold through an online auction on the Original Memorabilia Company website. The items up for auction include a fiberglass helmet Cleese wore in Monty Python’s Holy Grail, which he hopes will fetch close to $2,000.
The auction will include several photos of Cleese in scenes from Monty Python and Faulty Towers. One of photos included is of the Monty Python cast doing the “silly walks” skit. Another is of Basil Fawlty, played by Cleese beating his red Austin 1300 with a tree Branch, the Daily Mail reported.
Last year, Cleese launched a comedy tour aptly named the “Alimony Tour” to help him pay for the costly divorce. According to the Daily Mail Cleese told audiences, “I am here because, frankly, I have fallen on hard times having been through a costly and acrimonious divorce. I call it the Alimony Tour or Feeding the Beast.”
Last August, Cleese married Jennifer Wade, a jewelry designer 31 years his junior. The Guardian UK reported last year that Wade did some nude modeling to help Cleese pay his alimony.
When Cleese married Wade he didn’t have sign a pre-nuptial agreement nor did he ask his third wife Eichelberger. Could this have been a mistake on his part?
Wade apparently wanted to sign a prenup so people wouldn’t think she was going to take him to the cleaners, at first Cleese refused because he didn’t think prenups were romantic. He then changed his mind once a lawyer informed him that Ward wouldn’t be taken care of under Monaco law, where the couple lives.
If Cleese had signed a prenuptial when he married Eichelberger he could have avoided a huge a divorce payout. Lawyers often recommend that their wealthy clients sign prenuptials so they can avoid settlements where they will be forced to give their estranged spouse half of their worldly assets.
A prenuptial allows a couple to decide before they get married and before they are entangled in a nasty divorce to determine how much spousal support, if any, they will receive, and which properties and assets will go to each partner. It’s an effective way to protect your assets from a jaded spouse.