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. UPPER 250

    American couple. I bet they get a Bush tax credit. $77,000 for the jacket, that'll create jobs. "YEAH RIGHT!"

    August 7, 2011 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Freedom

      So, you want everyone to have make money but then scoff at how they spend the money? You are sad.

      August 7, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      If we taxed the over $250K folks a bit more, that jacket may have gone for $50K instead. Somehow our priorities are messed up. We need to dramatically cut defense spending and END the "for profit" healthcare system. Both are crippling our budget. Look at nations with AAA rating!! Low defense spending and cost controlled healthcare system.

      August 7, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Nah

      jesus: "We need to dramatically cut defense spending and END the "for profit" healthcare system"

      You do realize that all healthcare will always be "for profit", right? Unless doctors, nurses, hospitals and so on merely break even on their expenses - and never take a dime home in their pocket - the system will always be for profit.

      And there's nothing wrong with that.

      If you're referring to insurance, according to Nancy Pelosi's own numbers, splitting their profits among every person in the U.S. would give every person a measly $100.

      Try again?

      August 7, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nah

      jesus: "We need to dramatically cut defense spending and END the "for profit" healthcare system. Both are crippling our budget. Look at nations with AAA rating!! Low defense spending and cost controlled healthcare system."

      Crippling our budget, eh? How so?

      You mean because money is being spent, and doctors are keeping it, the government isn't able to take it instead?

      Brilliant.

      "Look at nations with AAA rating!!"

      Good job at taking this out of context. The U.S.'s credit rating was dropped by the S&P because there was no solid plan for tackling the national debt, cutting spending and increasing revenue.

      Saying the U.S. spends a lot on defense, its credit rating was just lowered, "therefore spending money on defense lowers your credit rating", is a horrendous post hoc fallacy.

      August 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. scoto

    Must be "job creators"

    August 7, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Nah

      scoto: "Must be "job creators""

      In fact, they are, aren't they?

      After all, auction companies, appraisers, restorers, shippers, auctioneers, and so on are all people and they all have jobs, don't they? If it weren't for people buying things needlessly, all of them would be out of a job and income.

      Be glad these people spent $77,000 on a jacket. It's out of their hands and into the hands of others.

      August 7, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ryan

    Jesus, can't people leave political statements even off of HERE? Just celebrate the man and his legacy.

    August 7, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. Slade

    If I had the disposable income, I would have loved to bid on the jacket or letter. Lee was an icon and a pioneer.

    August 7, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Conky2012

      Explain to meet what Lee and his legacy have to do with some rich lame with too much money to waste spending enough money to send a couple people to college on a stupid jacket. Yeah, ok thats not a problem or anything.

      August 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Get off the internet and go get a ob. Maybe after 30yrs of working you too will be able to save up enough to buy a jacket.

      August 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slade

      Conky, are you suggesting that the people that could afford this jacket held two people back from going to college? How is it their responsiblity to pay other peoples way to college? Is that what you suggest the wealthy do wikth their money..give it away? Close you eyes and imagine if that was what people had to do when and if they made their fortune...they were required to give it away. Do you think people would strive to make that money? Doubtful. Now open your eyes...you are about to crash into a tree.

      August 7, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JW

    CNN, not everyone knows what/who imdb is, so maybe you can do a little better when writing your stories and citing to it?

    August 7, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Absol

      Click the link. Problem solved.

      August 7, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • G

      See how its highlighted? Click the little linky ad it will take you to the pagey where it is plain as day what imdb is. Must be a liberal, wants everything handed to them.

      August 7, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. isaf

    ...and this is why you tax the rich.

    August 7, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. socal

    the $$ spent on that jacket could have put 2 americans to work at roughly $38k each p/year. just goes to show you the rich dont spend the tax savings at walmart, or eat at mcdonalds where the average american is employed. how many jobs has paris hilton and snookie created??? afterall, they receive the tax breaks the the GOP fought for

    August 7, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. Johndoe

    Bruce Lee was a fraud....He couldn't fight his way out of a wet paper bag......complete and utter fabrication...

    August 7, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • James Taylor

      YOu would had never say that while he was alive. IT has been proven that he did fight on the streets with rivals kung fu fighters and he beat them all. At one point he battle more than five at the same time. BTW I studied under him a few months before he passed away. He was the fastest, agile, and most talented martial artist that I had ever seen with a punch to send you to all the way down to Mexico . SO keep your tasteless words away from Master Lee.

      FAbrication would be the new wave of Hollywood made "show" fighters like Jacky chan and others.

      August 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. James Taylor

    I studied under Master Bruce Lee for a few months before he passed away. He was the fastest, very agile, and most talented martial artist that I had ever seen with a punch to send anybody all the way down to Mexico.

    He opened our eyes to martial arts in the USA and around the world. Before him there were no that many schools. HE was a very humble and charismatic man.
    The TV show Kung Fu was his idea. But Hollywood said that he was too Asian so they hired David Carradine and made him look Asian. SAD SAD SAD of how racism controlled Tinseltown back in those days.

    He pave the road for the many funny martial artist to come after him. Thanks to Bruce Lee they are now famous and very wealthy.

    FAbrication would be the new wave of Hollywood made "show" fighters like Jacky chan and others.

    August 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. yada

    Aawww.....you really want to start putting Mr. Lee down? Saying he couldn't fight! That's not cool OR true. I'm sure Jacky Chan has some carefully honed skills in the field of Martial Arts as well. C'mon people...be nice.

    August 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      My guess is Lee would smack the crap out of some of these people if he heard them say some of the things they are posting. Takes a real coward to talk about someone when there dead.

      August 7, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. yada

    @ James Taylor And you are so right about racism rearing its ugly head! Just ask his widow. They went through he ll because of it.

    August 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Frank

    Never talk about someone unless there present .If he was in front of you it would be alright to say what you want about him.

    August 7, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Neal

    This man is a legend and should be honored. Who cares how one spends their money.

    Let's lave the politically talk out of this one. Simply no need for that here.

    August 7, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sapsxy

    Thats one hack of a hand writing...!

    August 7, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lou

    Anyone hear WHY some of his "stuff" was auctioned off?

    August 7, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
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