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Some of martial arts legend Bruce Lee‘s personal equipment and clothing will be auctioned off April 29 by Los Angeles auctioneer Nate D Sanders. Fans will also be able to bid online.
One of the items up for sale is Lee’s owned and worn Stirling Cooper gray cotton jacket, which was personally signed by Lee’s wife and daughter. Inside the jacket is the inscription, “This was one of Bruce’s most favorite jackets! Linda Lee.” His daughter wrote “To Dennis and Loan, Best to you both! Shannon Lee.”
Linda Lee was married to the Hong Kong actor and filmmaker from 1964 up until his death in 1973. She kept the jacket for 20 more years after his death, until it was auctioned by Beverly Hills Superior Galleries in 1993. The starting bid is $40,000.
Other items going under the hammer are Lee’s size 7 mahogany leather loafers, a Timex wristwatch starting at $20,000, and training equipment such as a kicking shield, an elastic waistband, a shin protector and a pull-up bar.
Lee, a native-born San Franciscan, was raised by immigrants from Hong Kong. He is credited with turning martial arts into an international phenomenon through classic kung fu movies such as Enter the Dragon and Fist of Fury. He died from a brain hemorrhage in Hong Kong in 1973 at age 32.
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