Bruce Lee memorabilia goes to auction
August 6th, 2011
02:01 PM ET

Bruce Lee's jacket sells for $77,000

An American couple submitted the winning auction bid for a flamboyant fur-lined blue jacket worn by Bruce Lee in his final film appearance, entertainment website NME.com reported Saturday.

The martial arts movie icon wore the long blue jacket in the unfinished film "Game of Death" as well as at the premiere of his best-known film, "Enter the Dragon."

The auction winners bid $77,000 for the jacket, BBC reported.

Phila China auction house of Hong Kong sold a dozen other Lee items, including a neatly written 1966 letter detailing plans and hopes for his budding career, for a total of more than $217,000, according to BBC.

Lee grew up in Hong Kong before moving to the United States in his late teens, according to imdb.com. His acting career was kick-started by his role in the one-season series "The Green Hornet," in which he played valet/bodyguard Kato. His films include "Fists of Fury" and "The Way of the Dragon."

Lee died in 1973 at age 32 of cerebral edema caused by a bad reaction to medication, according to imdb.

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  1. RUFFNUTT

    this jacket will give the wearer super ninja powers....
    .
    just like that kid that put on mike jordans basketball shoes..

    August 6, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Biggfoot Yowie

      Amen Ruffnutt, amen!

      August 6, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Miz banasy

    Wax on, wax off...ooops, wrong movie...

    August 6, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. citizen

    The current economic climate has put a heavy strain on the psyche of the American people.
    With the downgrade of US Government credit our Chinese overlords are demanding they manage our accounts.
    The sale of Bruce's jacket should improve the collective mood of both nations.
    This might make it easier for multinational corporations to use global warming in their favor as well.

    August 6, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. yada

    Well there's one couple who probably don't pay a lot of taxes! Spend on, American rich.....I'm sure you really needed that jacket. What a waste!

    August 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. prakas

    republicans don't want to raise taxes on the rich so they can blow their money on this...

    August 6, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • RTD2

      It's their money, not yours, so they can spend it on whatever they want. Losers like you like to use the power of the government to take other people's money. I'd rather buy an ugly jacket for $77k than have that money support your family, you LOSER.

      August 6, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      RTD2, such a winner like you should be spending his time and money at superb resorts surrounded by hot chicks ... what are you wasting your time here ... oh wait, you are not actually rich, you are a Tea Party supporter who has not a dollar, but likes to think is not a loser because he understands how to be rich ... even though he isn't ....

      August 6, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marley

      @RTD

      The mentality that one's "money" is ALL theirs – is not only selfish but wrong.

      All WEALTH begins from a nation's own resources: natural resources, intellectual, population, military power, etc ...

      The nation's resources belong to all the people.

      Nobody gets "rich" on their own.

      Remember that being "rich" is relative as well. You can not be "rich" if there are no "poor" people.

      What will the "rich" do when there are no more "poor" people? Why do you think the "rich" like out-sourcing jobs to third world countries?

      August 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quincey9

      I think that people are missing a very valid point that R3D3 made and I believe that it doesn't really matter what your political affiliations or beliefs are. The fact remains that this is one Mother Fu%*^!G ugly-ass jacket.

      August 6, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • RTD2

      Paul – that's correct, I'm an evil Tea Party supporter who has no jealousy toward the wealthy. I'm not rich but am glad there are "winners" out there who create jobs to employ people like me. You also sound like a LOSER who wants to bring everyone else down to your level and punish success. I know you secretly despise successful people. That's why you will never be successful yourself.

      Marley – well-thought out and sincere points, but the "wealthy" pay an unfair proportion of taxes in this country, and 50% of households pay none at all. So ALL of the money they earn is not theirs to keep. Sometimes 50% of it is taken by the government and wasted. Also, there will always be successful and unsuccessful people. Trying to level the playing field by taking from the successful has been tried and never works.

      August 6, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. joey puerto rico

    What was bruce lee's favorite fastfood? Whopper!

    August 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marley

      kung pao!

      August 6, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saaaly

    who's going to wear it? lee was a dwarf.

    August 6, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RP

    I've never seen 8 dumber posts in a row in my whole life.

    August 6, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Common Sense

    This is so very sad! No disrespect to Mr. Lee or to his fans, but I grieve when I think of much good this money could have accomplished to help feed children who are starving all over the world, including here in the U.S.

    August 6, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brevig

      You're making the assumption that they do not donate money, pay taxes and donate their time, adopt kids, etc. They could be doing all those things and enjoying the money they make.

      For instance, I own a 12k bicycle. It's my dream bike and I saved for a hell of a long time to get it. You might say that's it's wasteful but I also do not drive/own a car, give to masonic charities, and work at my local food shelf twice a month. Am I a bad person for owning something I could have spent less money on and not realize a dream?

      To assume is to error.

      August 6, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mis banasy

    Well, RP, congrats. You made it 9.

    August 6, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. GP

    Funny how every bleeding heart liberal wants you to feed children with your money when a story about money is posted.

    Can't feed them don't breed them. I will spend my money as I want you "Common Sense" go spend your money on "starving kids" . What a idiot.

    August 6, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. HIKER

    @ RP... show us how it's done then...or is that the best you got...insulting people!

    August 6, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. glen c

    it's hard to believe that it's been almost 40 years since bruce lee died. well since 40 is one of gods holy numbers
    something must be cooking in 2012 with china.

    August 6, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. InnerSanctum

    stupid posts lack emotional content.

    August 6, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • HIKER

      the heart is devious above all else. Jeremiah 17:9

      August 6, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mack

    @ Marley:
    You could not be more wrong.
    Each rich person or family achieved success by individual effort.
    The natural resources of a country do not make the entire population deserving of wealth or even subsistence.

    August 6, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
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