Bruce Lee's Game of Death jumpsuit has sold with excellent results at Spink in Hong Kong today (December 5), headlining a dedicated sale of his memorabilia.
The suit made $83,837, making a 116.6% increase on its $38,696 high estimate to set what Paul Fraser Collectibles believes to be a record for any item of Bruce Lee memorabilia sold at auction.
The nearest price is the $77,000 seen at Phila China Auctions in 2011 by Lee's fur-lined coat from the 1973/1978 movie, which was released after his death using a replacement actor to shoot the incomplete scenes.
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The suit is one of only two worn by Bruce Lee though there were four made, with the other two used by stuntmen. Handmade to Lee's specifications, it was specially developed to showcase his Jeet Kune Do fighting style.
The other Lee-worn jumpsuit appeared at Heritage Auctions in 2010, selling after the auction for $40,000.
Also starring in the present sale was Lee's nunchaku from the film, which sold for $58,041.
Appearing at auction for the first time, both the nunchaku and the suit were originally gifted to Lee's friend and best student, Taky Kimura, and were accompanied by a letter of authenticity from him.
Following was a jade and gold pendant named the Heart of the Dragon, which Lee designed to celebrate the completion of Enter the Dragon, his first American feature. Made in 1973, it sold for $16,767.
The claw weapon that left the now-iconic marks on Lee's face in Enter the Dragon sold for $20,480 at Julien's Auctions in May.
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