Bidding starts today on nearly 200 items once owned by the late chef, author and TV personality Anthony Bourdain, including a custom knife used by Bourdain, some vinyl from his personal record collection, original pieces of art, apparel, and more.
The auction, which begins today and runs through October 30, is broken into categories that reflect Bourdain’s varied interests in film, music, art, travel, and cooking. Among items on the block (hosted by online auction house iGavel) are his custom Bob Kramer steel and meteorite knife, a U.S. Navy bomber jacket he received while “leaving Beirut in a hurry in the midst of the 2006 Israeli-Lebanese conflict,” and a record case with vinyl records from Bourdain’s extensive collection including The Velvet Underground and The Kinks.
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Over the course of his career and until his suicide last year, the bestselling author (“Kitchen Confidential” and “The Nasty Bits“), and host of popular food/travel programs like “Parts Unknown” established a larger than life persona, and dedicated fanbase like few others in the food world. The gritty NYC area-born chef was revered the world over for his wit, wisdom, and benevolence.
Other items up for auction include an original, typed manuscript for Bourdain’s 1995 novel “Bone in the Throat,” two paintings purchased by Bourdain by artist John Lurie, and various artifacts collected during the taping of Bourdain’s food and travel TV series. Some items, like the Kramer knife, are expected to earn as much as $6k at hammer, and the entire Bourdain auction could bring in as much as $400,000 in total according to a spokesperson.
Per the official auction page, 40 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Anthony Bourdain Legacy Scholarship at The Culinary Institute of America (his alma mater) with remaining proceeds benefiting Anthony Bourdain’s personal estate.
Want to bid? Check out the lots for the Anthony Bourdain auction here.
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