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Video of the Week

This year would have been the legendary martial arts pioneer Bruce Lee's 70th birthday, and is set to be marked by numerous remembrances and tributes.

An extensive Bruce Lee exhibition opened this year's 34th Hong Kong International Film Festival, featuring vintage poster art and memorabilia items including a boxing head guard and a pair of sunglasses.

In the above video, Lee's daughter Shannon takes us through some of the most treasured items from the life of her father.

Most unusual of these was a miniature tombstone, ordered by Lee to symbolise the "death of traditional martial arts" as he pioneered his own path.

Also featured are some aviator sunglasses. These are non prescription, although it turns out that Lee had terrible eyesight...

Shannon also shows us a number of other exclusive and historic Bruce Lee memorabilia artefacts, including his Everlast training headgear, tailored suits and other items.

Meanwhile, at Paul Fraser Collectibles we are currently holding another exceptional piece of Bruce Lee memorabilia - one which give unparalleled insight into the man and the philosophy and dedication behind his martial arts.

Prior to his untimely death, Lee had intended to share some of his fighting knowledge and innovations with the world through a book, provisionally titled The Tao of Chinese Kung Fu.


Bruce Lee's amazing handwritten notes are vital to his legacy

Sadly, the book never made it past the handwritten notes stage. But, for memorabilia collectors, these notes have left behind a value insight into Lee's thoughts and his art.

Among the pieces he left behind is a spiral bound notebook, measuring 8.5 x 11", which contains over 35 pages in Bruce Lee's handwriting.

"Gung Fu is a special kind of skill; a fine art rather than just a physical exercise or self defense… It must give spontaneously, like a flower, in a mind free from emotions and desires" - from Bruce Lee's notes

The written passages are accompanied by comprehensive illustrations, with Lee's original martial arts drawings.

Within the handwritten notes are Lee's profound and meaningful thoughts on the higher rationale of the martial arts, along with exercise routines and various illustrations and diagrams penned in Lee's own hand.

Four page pamphlets featuring Bruce Lee's singular thoughts have previously sold on the market for prices up to $41,250.

This 35-page example - the most detailed notebook of Bruce Lee's that Paul Fraser Collectibles has ever handled or seen - is currently for sale to collectors priced £100,000 ($165,000).

Meanwhile, fans of comic books and superheroes who remember Lee's early performances as Kato may be interested to know that a copy of Flash Comics Number 1 recently sold for $450,000 at Heritage Auction Galleries.

The same copy, graded an extraordinary 9.6, was previously sold at Heritage back in 2006 for $273,125 - an incredible investment.

 

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    Paul Fraser
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