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Bruce Lee Memorabilia


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Lot 2001
Bruce Lee owned and used abdominal belt, black, with red stitching. A little dusty, otherwise in excellent condition. Any fan of Bruce Lee knows that he was one of the first movie stars to be known for his amazingly defined "six-pack" abdominal muscles. This belt helped him achieve that look, although its purpose was twofold. Not only could he use it to exercise his abdominals with focused breathing exercises, but more importantly, it gave him support for his stomach and back while he trained, reducing strain on his bones and muscles.
Estimate HK$ 7,500 - 10,000.
Realized HK$3,800.
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Lot 2002
Bruce Lee owned and used light blue training belt, with triangular metal loops at ends. In near fine condition. This appears to be the same belt that Lee is seen using to raise his leg in one of his backyard training films. When Lee returned to Hong Kong in 1972 in search of greater film success, he left his home training equipment to his friend and original Jeet Kune Do student Herb Jackson.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000.
Realized HK$3,000.
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Lot 2003
Cooper GM6 tan leather, wood, and foam hockey goalie blockerlayer, owned and used by Bruce Lee. Minor scuffing from use, with some loss of white paint layer from protective interior board, otherwise in excellent condition. As with other equipment from unrelated - but equally dangerous - athletic pursuits, Bruce Lee was enthusiastic about adopting ways of smarter and safer training. Blockers like this, which protect a hockey goalie's stick hand, were used by many NHL goalies in the late 1960s and early 1970s. No doubt Lee used it for the same purpose as a hockey player: to protect himself and his students from dangerous projectiles while training.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 15,000.
Realized HK$8,000.
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Lot 2004
Bruce Lee owned and used pair of Everlast boxing gloves, dark brown leather with tan trim, cloth brand labels on wrists. Small tear in left glove, with some loosening of left thumb seam, overall minor soiling and wear from use, otherwise in very good condition. Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do, while based on the established Wing Chun style, incorporated moves from numerous other disciplines, including escrima, wrestling, and boxing. Indeed, the entire philosophy of Jeet Kune Do is to adapt one's style to one's own strengths and needs, and to always be open to new methods and lessons, whatever their source.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000.
Realized HK$30,000.
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Lot 2005
Pair of matching Martin cast-iron dumbells with silver exterior, each cast as a single piece, with ovoid ends. Brand and weight cast on grip. Moderate oxidation of surface, else quite good condition. Bruce Lee may have acquired these due to chips in the surface of his other set. Today's versions are often coated in neoprene for comfort and protection.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 6,000.
Realized HK$4,500.
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Lot 2006
Pair of matching five-pound iron Weider dumbells with silver exterior, owned and used by Bruce Lee. Protective outer layer worn off in several places, exposing part of the interior, which has subsequently rusted; with other rust spots on surface, otherwise about good. Those who engaged in weight training in the early 1970s were almost certain to be using Weider products, made by the company founded by the father of modern bodybuilding, Joe Weider. While the field has expanded greatly, the company is still going strong, and its metal dumbells differ only slightly in design from those Bruce Lee used.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 6,000.
Realized HK$5,000.
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Lot 2007
Ceiling-mounted exercise bar, blue, 16" long, on metal chain with locking hook clasp at top. Some rust to supporting chain, white paint showing through from bar, otherwise easily in very good condition. This bar would most often be used for pull-up exercises to build and strengthen the biceps, establishing both arm strength and the iconic physique that made Bruce Lee stand out from other makers of martial arts films. He was always faster, stronger, and more imposing than any other performer, creating the enduring image that brought him, and an entire genre of films, to worldwide popularity.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000.
Realized HK$5,500.
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Lot 2008
Small brown canvas finger focus bag with brass grommet for suspension, seams stitched with white thread. Possibly custom made by his friend and Keet June Do student Herb Jackson, as we have not found mention elsewhere of an identical item. Light wear with some looseness to seams, otherwise near fine condition. Similar to the Iron Palm focus bags Bruce Lee trained on, this was a smaller version for building uncommon finger strength, appropriate for his usually open-hand strikes. Lee developed his finger strength to such a degree that he enjoyed demonstrating his ability to do one-handed push-ups with only his thumb and forefinger.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 6,000.
Realized HK$3,800.
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Lot 2009
Brown leather focus mitt owned and used by Bruce Lee. Back resembles a catcher's mitt, with a round pad at front, joined with leather lacing. Worn from use, otherwise in very good condition. Accompanied by photographs of Lee using the mitt with his wife, Linda, as their son, Brandon, looks on; and a certificate of authenticity.
Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 60,000.
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Lot 2010
Bruce Lee owned and used custom-made focus pad in brown leather, bound with dark leather at seams, with leather finger strap. Finger strap loose at one edge, with minor scuffing from use, and a few loose eyelets, otherwise in very good condition. This sturdy and dense pad was made for Lee by his friend and student Herb Jackson, who devised new equipment when available gear failed to meet the needs of his intensive training regimen. Jackson used what was at hand, as shown by the eyelets at the pad's seams, which match in size but not in color. This appears to be the same pad Lee used at his famous Long Beach demonstration to protect his volunteer when displaying the power of his punches.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000.
Realized HK$13,000.
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Lot 2011
Orange BilTuff forearm shield, owned and used by Bruce Lee and his sparring partners. Minor stains on front, with typical soiling and minor seam wear from use, otherwise in excellent condition.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 15,000.
Realized HK$6,000.
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Lot 2012
Orange BilTuff forearm shield, similar to the previous, but with an opposite configuration, having its handle on the wider end. In near-fine condition. These shields would have prevented Bruce Lee from severely injuring sparring partners while training.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 15,000.
Realized HK$5,500.
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Lot 2013
Bruce Lee owned and used yellow forearm shield, part of the protective gear used in his martial arts training. Heavily soiled and faded at top, with a tear at one of the top seams, otherwise about good. As with much of the equipment offered here, Lee left this pad with his student and friend Herb Jackson when he and his family moved to Hong Kong to reinvigorate his film career.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000.
Realized HK$5,000.
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Lot 2014
Dark red padded leather Spartan groin protector, with elastic waistband and cup bands, lace fastened at back. Laces are absent; moderate wear to elastics, with minor scuffing, soiling, and fraying to seams, otherwise in very good condition. Bruce Lee owned and wore this protector, designed to also provide padding for the lower abdomen, while sparring at his home gym in Bel Air, California. When he moved his family to Hong Kong in 1972, he left it with most of his other training gear to his friend and Keet June Do student Herb Jackson.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000.
Realized HK$36,000.
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Lot 2015
Bruce Lee's owned and used heavy bag, rope-bound canvas with metal chain, about 70 lbs, manufactured by Atlas, with the company's stamp at top. In excellent condition. While strength and speed training are indispensable for a professional fighter, a heavy bag is the surest way to make one's body become accustomed to hitting an opponent repeatedly. Bruce Lee used this bag to strengthen his punches and his kicks until his strength and the impact of his blows made him an irresistible force in fighting competitions. This is likely the bag seen in Lee's backyard training videos.
Estimate HK$ 150,000 - 200,000.
Realized HK$140,000.
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Lot 2016
Red canvas octagonal BilTuff iron palm bag, 9" across and weighing 15 lbs. Brand label missing, with some wear and moderate fading, small holes in surface, otherwise very good. Traditionally filled with steel shot and mung beans, these bags are used by practitioners of the Iron Palm, open-handed strike--a specialty of the Wing Chun method of kung-fu--to adapt their hands for the force and stress of the technique. Of course, Bruce Lee was a master of the Iron Palm, in addition to punches and kicks from all varieties of martial arts.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 6,000.
Realized HK$7,000.
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Lot 2017
Red canvas BilTuff iron palm bag, very similar to the previous item. With original brand label. Minor fading and wear, otherwise in excellent condition. When Bruce Lee relocated to Hong Kong in 1972 to inject new life into his film career, he gave the bulk of his training equipment to his friend and Jeet Kune Do student Herb Jackson, who trained with Lee at his gym and at his home, and even personally designed new exercise equipment to meet Lee's intensive training needs.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 6,000.
Realized HK$7,500.
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Lot 2018
Top-quality wood-handled rubber tube jump rope, with metal swivel joints and springs, and black weight spring around tube. Rubber yellowed with age, otherwise in excellent condition. Bruce Lee had observed that footwork was a crucial skill for success at boxing, and was particularly impressed by Muhammad Ali's mastery at it, which helped him become the greatest boxer of all time. In keeping with Lee's openness to incorporate new methods into his evolving martial art, he made footwork exercises a part of his training.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 12,000.
Realized HK$9,500.
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Lot 2019
Original owned and used full-size kicking shield, gray vinyl cover with handles on reverse. Soiled from heavy use, with some surface worn away from bottom edge of front, otherwise very good condition. This item was clearly a vital part of Bruce Lee's workout, allowing a trainer to move it so that he could practice kicks in all directions. Perhaps the martial art legend's most iconic move was his spectacular jump-kick, impractical in an actual fight, but thrilling to see on screen.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 18,000.
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Lot 2020
Bruce Lee's original medicine ball, brown leather with laces. Surface soiling and minor wear, otherwise in very good condition indeed. Once a staple of physical fitness, medicine balls continue to be used to develop explosive strength, two words that were synonymous with Bruce Lee's fighting style.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 30,000.
Realized HK$40,000.
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Lot 2021
Brown and black leather focus mitt owned and used by Bruce Lee. Back resembles a catcher's mitt, with a black-clad pad at front, joined with leather lacing. Soiling on back, missing buckle for wrist strap, otherwise in near excellent condition. No doubt Bruce Lee's punches and kicks were a bit much for this mitt, designed for use by a regular boxer. It is known that Lee introduced the use of heavier, football-style striking pads into martial arts training, and now they are a regular feature of dojos and gyms around the world.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 30,000.
Realized HK$19,000.
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Lot 2022
Sears leather speed bag, imprinted "Sears 22 / 1416" around air valve. Expected wear from heavy use, otherwise very good condition. Along with his intensive kung-fu training, Bruce Lee was committed to maintaining peak fitness and expanding his fighting prowess by incorporating boxing and wrestling techniques. This approach was central to his philosophy that a fighter's style should dictated by pragmatism rather than a formal set of moves. Using a speed bag helped him hone his hand-eye coordination and upper-body strength while also burning off calories, maintaining his renowned physique.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 7,500.
Realized HK$8,500.
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Lot 2023
Pair of black rubber inflatable Simmonds punching bag bladders owned and used by Bruce Lee. Blue tags attached with twine to their valves inform us that they are from Oakland, where Bruce Lee lived and established his early kung-fu gyms. In excellent condition. Before moving to southern California to film his breakout role as Kato in the Green Hornet television series, and after finishing his education in San Francisco, Bruce Lee created his own kung-fu school in Oakand, California. Stardom was still in his future, but his dedication to his art and his unprecedented prowess were already gaining him a reputation that he would grow as the greatest martial artist of modern times.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 6,000.
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Lot 2024
Original owned and used blue medium BilTuff punching shield, surface scrapes, rear strap severed, with fraying to strap anchor, otherwise very good. Bruce Lee's punches were noted for the incredible force he could put into them. They included his famous one-inch punch, which could send a demonstration volunteer flying backward over a chair. This shield was apparently unable to survive intact!
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 15,000.
Realized HK$7,000.
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Lot 2025
Bruce Lee's original Roman chair, black-painted metal with white stomach pad, and heavy tape around foot pad at bottom. This piece of equipment is mostly used to strengthen and build up the lower back, by way of a sort-of backward sit-up, with the user bending over the middle bar and lifting the body upward. As demanding as that exercise is, it shows Lee toning down his workout! He would previously lean forward to 45 degrees while holding heavy barbells over his shoulder, but in 1970 that exercise injured his back badly. While he recuperated, he developed his philosophy of Jeet Kune Do. Told by his doctors that he would never be able to perform martial arts again, Lee defied their predictions and went on to become an international icon.
Estimate HK$ 100,000 - 150,000.
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Lot 2026
MacGregor foam and plastic armored shin guards, with orange and black plastic shielding, fused with rivets and thread, and fastened to the leg with black fabric straps. Some scuffing and minor wear, otherwise in excellent condition. One might expect this kind of pad to show up on a goalie or a catcher, but Bruce Lee was always innovating, not only in perfecting his fighting and acting skills, but also when seeking the best protection for himself, his students, and his sparring partners.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 30,000.
Realized HK$11,000.
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Lot 2027
Pair of white Wilson Shok-Gard shin guards, worn by Bruce Lee and his sparring partners while training at his gym or his home in Bel Air, CA. Heavy padding with elastic straps on back. Well soiled from use, otherwise in very good condition. This style of guard was used for almost any kind of contact sport, from lacrosse to football, and would have been a necessity when practicing Lee's signature Jeet Kune Do method, in which any part of the body can be a weapon - or target.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 6,000.
Realized HK$2,400.
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Lot 2028
White foam shin guards, with elastic bands anchored at front and secured with Velcro. Rather soiled with small surface dents and cracks from intensive use, otherwise about very good. The variety of Bruce Lee's equipment, with different versions of the same type of pad, suggests that he sought out the best item for any particular job, and shows that he was not averse to change, a characteristic in keeping with his belief that one should learn and adapt rather than committing to a particular style of fighting, or of living.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 6,000.
Realized HK$3,200.
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Lot 2029
Padded Everlast sparring head gear, open-style in dark red and white leather with white chin strap and black laces, brand label sewn to forehead pad. Minor soiling ad wear from use, otherwise in excellent condition. Based on photographs, it would seem that Bruce Lee favored this relatively light head gear while his sparring partners would overprint for something thicker and heavier! As with the other equipment here, Lee gave it to his friend, student, and sometime physical trainer, Herb Jackson. Until his death in 2007, Jackson helped keep alive Bruce Lee's vision of the Jeet Kune Do martial arts philosophy.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000.
Realized HK$26,000.
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Lot 2030
Hard green plastic MacGregor sparring mask with leather straps. Lacks forehead pads, otherwise in excellent condition. When sparring with Bruce Lee, one of these masks would make the difference between a bruise and a broken nose or jaw. This is ample evidence that Lee made certain that he and his students and trainers were protected as much as possible. It also indicates that hits to the face were by no means out of bounds in his Jeet Kune Do fighting style!
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 15,000.
Realized HK$5,500.
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Lot 2031
Hard green plastic MacGregor Sparring Mask with leather straps, nearly identical to the previous item, but including forehead pads. In near fine condition. As a brand, MacGregor has had a storied but recently somewhat rocky history. Originally a manufacturer of golfing gear established in 1829, by the mid-20th century, they expanded to produce quality equipment for all variety of sports. Since the 1980s, they have once again been mainly in the business of golf supplies.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 15,000.
Realized HK$5,500.
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Lot 2032
Unique homemade combination striking chain with wiffle ball head, consisting of a metal chain with a short length of twine attached to everyone's favorite substitute baseball. Ball scratched and soiled, otherwise in excellent condition. Bruce Lee came to have a profound respect for his student Herb Jackson when Jackson used his ingenuity to design excercise and training equipment that simply did not exist yet. One problem Lee faced was practicing with a chain-and-ball weapon without creating a hazard for himself and his sparring partners. Since he was not intending to actually go to battle with a flail or similar weapon, but to gain expertise in order to dazzle moviegoers, he was able to train without a real weapon. This mash-up answered the martial artist's needs while being much safer than a real weapon.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000.
Realized HK$3,200.
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Lot 2033
Bruce Lee's homemade round custom striking pad, red leather over foam with metal frame attached with suspension loops, and heavy white padding. Some staining of red pad and cracks to edge of white pad, otherwise in very good condition. This is another ingenious bit of training gear designed and built by Herb Jackson at Bruce Lee's request. It could be held by a training partner as a striking focus or hung in front of a wall, both absorbing impact and providing resistance for the one landing the blow.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000.
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Lot 2034
Lee's original owned and used dark orange BilTuff double-ended striking pad, attached to 15" bungee cord with metal spring clips. Brand label sewn to side. Soiled from use, with some dents, otherwise in excellent condition. Based on the state of the other striking pads of this type in this collection, Bruce Lee wore them out quickly. This model seems to have been of higher durability than the others.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 15,000.
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Lot 2035
Lee's original owned and used red double-ended striking pad. Foam and vinyl with elastic bungee cord on metal spring-clips. Cracks and some loss to surface, exposing the cover's inner layer, otherwise very good. This piece of equipment would be fastened at both ends to provide a sturdy target for punches and kicks. As with the rest of this collection, it was among the training gear that Bruce Lee gave to his friend Herb Jackson when the Lees moved to Hong Kong from southern California in 1972.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 15,000.
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Lot 2036
Lightweight stiff white foam double-ended striking pad, on nautical-style white and blue nylon cord with plastic supports and looped anchors. Moderately soiled and dented from use, otherwise about very good. This light pad clearly was not equal to absorbing Bruce Lee's blows in training, although it was probably slated for speed work rather than full-on power strikes. Both speed and power defined Lee's incredible style, allowing him to dazzle audiences and turn the cult genre of martial arts movies into a mainstream sensation, and the niche hobby of studying kung-fu and other martial arts into an enduring international phenomenon.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000.
Realized HK$2,400.
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Lot 2037
Original owned and used orange Biltuff padded forearm striking shield. Typical minor soiling, and strap and seam wear from use, otherwise in excellent condition. Videos show Bruce Lee sparring and training with his friend Herb Jackson, using this and other shields so that he would not have to hold back on his kicks or punches lest he injure his training partner. When Lee purchased this equipment, Biltuff was a new brand, catering to the growing market for martial arts training supplies; the company is still going strong today.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 15,000.
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Lot 2038
Bataca Champion padded training baton with padded hand shield. Blue and yellow canvas cover, white plastic handle. Minor soil and wear, otherwise in excellent condition. Among the many influences on Bruce Lee's developing fighting style was the Filipino martial art of escrima, which uses two medium length batons. Lee learned to use these weapons from his friend and student Danny Inosanto, who also worked as one of his Jeet Kune Do instructors. Inosanto also portrayed Bruce's escrima-wielding opponent in Game of Death, which Lee had been working on at the time of his death.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000.
Realized HK$7,500.
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Lot 2039
Bruce Lee's original weight bench, black-painted metal with red cushion pad. Excellent condition. Lee well understood the importance of image in creating a persona that would engage with moviegoers. He also theorized that one of the limitations of martial arts practitioners was an obsession with form and technique, when personal strength would always be a decisive factor in a fight. Accordingly, he put great focus on bodybuilding techniques to both maximize the force of his blows and to sculpt his body so that he stood apart from his onscreen opponents. Favoring isometrics over heavy weightlifting, Lee typically used this bench to do leg lifts.
Estimate HK$ 100,000 - 150,000.
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Lot 2040
Bruce Lee's owned and used homemade wood wrist roller, with yellow weight rope and wood dowel. In near fine condition. Lee's thoroughness in training was unmatched, and his friend and student Herb Jackson would often design and build equipment for him, including this simple piece. A weight is attached to the rope, and the user slowly lifts it to the height of the roller by alternate movements of each wrist. Then the user slowly rolls it back down. This exercise builds up the muscles in the forearm. Although Bruce Lee is justly revered for his fighting prowess and strength, he was more than savvy enough to realize that his appearance was more important when it came to becoming a successful movie star. To that end, he tirelessly sculpted his body until it was not only powerful, but visually impressive. This helped him become a fitness icon around the world.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000.
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Lot 2041
Owned and used homemade wooden wrist roller, with brown weight rope, but no dowel to support a free weight. Some nicks, but in excellent condition. When Bruce, his wife, and their children moved to Hong Kong to broaden his film opportunities, he decided that he could replace much of his home training equipment rather than having it shipped at no inconsiderable expense. Always a generous friend, he told his Jeet Kune Do student, sparring partner, physical trainer, and good friend Herb Jackson to keep much of his gear. When Lee died suddenly just a few years later, at the cusp of achieving international stardom, Jackson carried on his martial arts philosophy, and ensured that his approach would not only survive, but thrive.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000.
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Lot 2042
Personal Optics +3.25 reading glasses, full black and silver metal frame, curved top bar. Some wear to frame, usual yellowing of nose pads, otherwise very good. After living, teaching, and performing in the United States for a decade, Bruce Lee and his family moved back to Hong Kong in 1969. The plan was to star in a feature film there and use it to show that he could become a big star in Hollywood, too, instead of taking the secondary roles he'd been stuck in as a Chinese actor. He did not take most of his training equipment, telling his friend and student Herb Jackson - who had designed and built some custom pieces - that he could keep them. No doubt these reading glasses were simply left behind.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000.
Realized HK$6,000.
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Lot 2043
Bruce Lee worn cotton pajamas, a two-piece set with button-down shirt and snap-fastened pants. White background covered with a stylish paisley in gold, maroon, and purple. In fine condition.
Estimate HK$ 50,000 - 80,000.
Realized HK$26,000.
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Lot 2044
Pair of rich brown leather lace-up platform shoes owned and worn by Bruce Lee. Heels are 2", with a half-inch platform in front. Light scuffing of leather and eyelets, with two lace ends missing, otherwise in excellent condition. After Lee's death, his wife knew that his closest friends and family would want to hold on to his presence in their lives. She gave most of his shoes to either his brother, Robert, or his friend Herb Jackson, partly because they were able to wear the same size.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 30,000.
Realized HK$30,000.
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Lot 2045
Pair of tan and brown leather platform shoes, with approximately 3/4" platform front and 2½" heels. Single eyelet with short brown lace. Laces heavily unraveled, but with overall minor scuffing and edge wear, otherwise in very good condition. Creasing of the leather uppers shows that Bruce Lee wore these shoes frequently. Their bold style well matched his dynamic personality and desire to be on the cutting edge in whatever he undertook.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 30,000.
Realized HK$30,000.
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Lot 2046
Handsome pair of Bruce Lee's black leather shoes, with red suede highlights. With wide black laces. A few spots with surface tears, otherwise in very good condition. These heeled shoes fall somewhere between the comfortable loafers and enhancing platforms that Lee was apt to wear. After his death, his widow sent his shoes to both his brother, Robert, and his close friend Herb Jackson, both of who had feet of a similar size to Lee's.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 30,000.
Realized HK$30,000.
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Lot 2047
Pair of black leather lace-up platform shoes, about size 7½, with 2¼" hard rubber soles. No laces present. Some scuffing and soiling at a few seams, with a bit of the paint worn off metal eyelets, otherwise in excellent condition. Though an imposing fighter, Bruce Lee was only 5'7" tall. He often wore lifts to increase his apparent height, especially when making a film.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 30,000.
Realized HK$30,000.
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Lot 2048
Pair of brown leather shoes owned and worn by Bruce Lee. Loafers with fringe and decorative strap and buckle. Heavy wear especially to left shoe, with significant loss of fringe end and left edge, otherwise about good. These would have been Lee's casual, everyday shoes, chosen for comfort as much as style. How so much of the left shoe was damaged remains a mystery; perhaps he demonstrated one of his powerful kicks and found that his loafers couldn't handle the impact!
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 15,000.
Realized HK$32,000.
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Lot 2049
Incredible original two-piece brown suede suit, comprising a size 17½ jacket and matching 30" x 30" pants. Tailored by Coronet Leather Ware of Hong Kong. Some stains on back, a few loosening threads, othewise near fine. Worn by Bruce Lee while filming the so-called Lost Interview for the Canadian television program, The Pierre Breton Show on December 9, 1971 -- Lee's only recorded television interview in English! The talk included some of his most famous quotes, including "I have no fear," and his description of his personal philosophy: "Empty your mind, be formless…like water. Now, you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle…Be water, my friend." For years, it was feared that the interview was lost to history, but it resurfaced in 1994 and can be readily viewed online. Lee gave this suit to his friend, student, and onetime trainer Herb Jackson during the filming of The Way of the Dragon (aka Return of the Dragon) in 1972.
Estimate HK$ 150,000 - 200,000.
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Lot 2050
Universal Genève Polerouter wristwatch, with automatic microtor movement. Features two-tone gold dial with raised gold edge and gold index hour markers, with black crosshair design. Case is gold-capped stainless steel with stainless back. Wear to leather band and some visible toning to face and discoloration of hands, otherwise in very good condition. As this watch was produced in the late 1950s, Bruce Lee must have received it years before gifting it to his friend and student Herb Jackson, who would gain lasting renown for carrying on his teacher's legacy until his own death in 2007.
Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 60,000.
Realized HK$70,000.
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Lot 2051
Bruce Lee's own Timex wristwatch, white dial with black numerals, date window at right, gold-colored metal case. Elaborate 2½" wide leather band with four metal rings, six metal studs, and three fastening buckles. Metal in band is well rusted, leather worn, otherwise in good condition.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000.
Realized HK$40,000.
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Lot 2052
Gracious autograph letter signed "Bruce", one page, on Air Mail stationery, Kowloon, Hong Kong, canceled February 21, 1972. Lee writes to his good friend, martial arts student, and personal trainer Herb Jackson in Venice, CA, that his wife, "Linda finally arrived yesterday and we are in the midst of finding a bigger apartment. I've been busy writing my script [for The Way of the Dragon, the first of Lee's self-penned screenplays to be produced] and should be finished in a couple of week [sic]. However, the main purpose of this letter is not to tell you how we are doing…but to thank you for all that you have done, the training equipment, the helping of moving my house (not just once) and I thank you sincerely AND with the deepest appreciation. By the way, let me know how much the cement in the patio comes to. Linda, [and the Lees' children] Brandon and Shannon send their love…" Fully addressed in Lee's hand, with return address incorporating his full signature "Bruce Lee." With the small holes and irregular edges typical of an opened air-mail letter, otherwise in excellent condition. Much of the training equipment Lee thanks his friend for makes up this very collection.
Estimate HK$ 50,000 - 100,000.
Realized HK$80,000.
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Lot 2053
Bruce Lee owned and used Marantz PM430 Professional Cassette Recorder, black, in original protective case. Case and unit both bit dusty, lacks carrying strap, power cord, or other peripherals, otherwise to all appearances in near fine condition (though we have not attempted to use it). This was a top-of-the-line model when it was produced, with features like three heads, stereo, UV monitors for each channel, a limiter switch, and more. In an era where high fidelity was just being perfected, it was the perfect tool and toy for an actor, filmmaker, and philosopher brimming with ideas to preserve.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 30,000.
Realized HK$14,000.
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Lot 2054
Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute partially printed document with Bruce Lee's hand drawn symbol in Chinese for the dragon (which he often used as a signature), as president of the institute, 1 page, Los Angeles, January 10, 1968. In the hand of, and also signed by Lee's assistant, "Dan Ino[san]to." who initially taught Herb Jackson, the student receiving the certificate. The document names Jackson to the first rank in the discipline of Jun Fan Gung Fu (or kung-fu). With Lee's chop stamped over his signature. The institute's Taijitu emblem printed at top center in red and green, and red and green dragons and flames at top and bottom corners respectively. Edge wear, especially at bottom edge, with water staining that obscures the middle of Inosanto's signature, minor foxing, and overall toning, otherwise in good condition. Bruce Lee began teaching martial arts in 1959, after leaving the University of Washington in Seattle. When his television show The Green Hornet was canceled in 1967 after a single season, he returned to teaching, establishing the Jun Fan Institute in Los Angeles. Irritated with the impractical formalism of traditional kung-fu schools, Lee's own style and teaching evolved into Jeet Kune Do, a fluid and adaptable approach to martial arts that was less a style than a philosophy.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 50,000.
Realized HK$65,000.
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Lot 2055
Incredible original drawing signed "My Warmest Personal Regards, Bruce", at lower left, with autograph annotations describing elements of his personal philosophy. Lee draws water flowing around a stone, and writes, "Motion of Water / to fit, to / accomodate [sic] itself to / Stone." Below, he draws a hand attempting to grasp water, and writes, "Water slips / out as a / result of / the grasping / The faster the / grasp, the / faster it / slips." Toning, especially at edges, otherwise in very good condition indeed. A unique and vivid expression of Bruce Lee's essential philosophy of Kung Fu and of life: be like water, always adapting, so that you flow past obstacles, and no opponent can predict what you will do next! With letter of authenticity from the original recipient, one of Lee's students and friends.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 30,000.
Realized HK$45,000.
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Lot 2056
Kung Fu student membership card signed "Bruce Lee", in black ink as president of the Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute. It reads, "The Undersigned is a regularly enrolled student at the Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute for the quarter and year indicated above." With the red and gold Taijitu symbol that Lee would continue to use as he developed his Jeet Kune Do method of Kung Fu. Not issued. In fine condition. Mounted under glass in a back and gold frame, and ready for display!
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 12,000.
Realized HK$45,000.
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Lot 2057
Remarkable set of eight business and membership cards printed for Lee to promote his Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute, and his Jeet Kune Do training method. One simply bears his name; three show his name and his red and gold Taijitu logo (two on a white background, one on a black background). Two are Ju Fan membership cards with different designs. Another is for the Jun Fan Institute, with logo on an opalescent background, imprinted at bottom, "Using No Way As Way / Having No Limitation As Limitation. The last announces rates for "Bruce Lee's / Jeet Kune Do / Professional Consultation & Instruction ---$275 per Hour / Ten Sessions Course---$1000 / Instruction Overseas---$1000 a week plus expenses." All in fine condition.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 15,000.
Realized HK$16,000.
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Lot 2058
Jeet Kune Do lapel pin, yellow, red, and black on gray metal, designed by Bruce Lee to represent his newly developed martial arts discipline. A design Based on the familiar Taijitu symbol (usually called the yin-yang in English), its Chinese characters read, "Using no way as way," and "Having no limitation as limitation," expressing the philosophy behind his discipline. In excellent condition. This pin was presented to Herb Jackson when he graduated from his Keet June Do training. Rather than a rigid style as taught by traditional schools of kung-fu, Lee's Jeet Kune Do stressed function and efficiency over form. The old methods relied on combining moves according to a set pattern, which seemed pointless to someone who had used kung-fu in actual street fights, and quickly discovered that the old way was fine for exhibitions against other formalists, but of little practical use in defending oneself. While Lee used flashy, spectacular moves in his films, he knew that in a real fight, even in an arena, conserving energy, striking quickly and with focused strength, and surprising an opponent with unorthodox attacks would always be of more use than rehashing established combinations, no matter a fighter's skill.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 15,000.
Realized HK$6,000.
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Lot 2059
Jeet Kune Do medallion, black, red, and yellow. A chip in the surface at upper right, with chain loop broken at top. This is one of the tokens of achievement that Lee presented to his friend, Herb Jackson, who also became one of his foremost students in his newly developed style. For the rest of his life, Jackson would be a trusted and ultimately venerable source of insight into his friend and kung-fu mentor's philosophy of fighting.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000.
Realized HK$6,000.
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Lot 2060
Black and white photograph signed "Bruce" in blue marker, 4" x 6", over light background, and inscribed "To a dear family friend, Herb, Peace, Love, Brotherhood." Lee adds his personal Chinese dragon character below his name. Ink has begun to fade but is fully legible, with some foxing of surface, otherwise very good. The photograph is a great image of a moustachioed and shirtless Lee in a fierce battle-ready pose, possibly a still from one of his films.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000.
Realized HK$60,000.
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Lot 2061
Original photographic negative of a well-known painting of Bruce Lee's head. The positive image shows Lee in a black shirt with white trim, glaring at the viewer. In excellent condition. With a photograph of Herb Jackson and a friend in a training gym with the portrait behind them on the wall.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000.
Realized HK$3,000.
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Lot 2062
Desirable Photographic Proof Contact Sheet of the iconic shot of Bruce Lee in his trademark sunglasses and a blue shirt against a sunny sky. Photographer's tape and handwritten notes on sheet, and the final result present in the final print. In fine condition.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,500.
Realized HK$3,400.
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Lot 2063
Four finished photographs of the same image as the previous lot, each taken from a slightly different focal point. In fine condition. The final image would use elements from all of these prints. So popular is this view of Bruce Lee that it is still being used to sell sunglasses!
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,500.
Realized HK$3,600.
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Lot 2064
Personally owned "Silent Flute" script for the unproduced film Lee co-wrote, 70 pages, 4to, dated on title page October 29, 1970. Bound at left with a report cover. The title page announces "PINGREE-PANPIPER PRODUCTIONS / present / a / film / by / James Coburn Bruce Lee Stirling Silliphant / THE SILENT FLUTE / written by / Stirling Silliphant." This copy was delivered to Lee at his home in Bel Air. Some toning to title page, otherwise near fine. At the time he collaborated on this script, Bruce Lee was still a rising star, while Coburn had long been an established action hero, and Silliphant was an Oscar-winning screenwriter (for 1967's In the Heat of the Night). Coburn had studied martial arts under Lee and the two became close friends. All three traveled to India to scout locations for the film, which was to be produced by Warner Brothers, but the project never came to fruition. It would resurface year later as Circle of Iron, starring David Carradine.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000.
Realized HK$7,500.
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