Best known for his candor and biting observations on food, culture and life itself, there’s no question that the late Anthony Bourdain was one of the most influential chefs in the world. He amassed millions of fans from his critically acclaimed TV shows No Reservations and Parts Unknown, and now a collection of his personal belongings will be up for auction next month.
New York-based auction house Lark Mason Associates are overseeing the sale of the collection, which is expected to fetch up to HK$3.1 million (US$400,000) and features more than 200 lots including artworks, watches, books, furniture, manuscripts of his own work, and a steel-and-meteorite chef’s knife, custom made by renowned American bladesmith Bob Kramer. It was designed and given to Bourdain in 2016. It will likely fetch between HK$31–$46,000 (US$4–$6,000).
The ‘Property from the Collection of Anthony Bourdain’ auction will be prefaced by three exhibits that will be held only in America: in New York; Savannah, Georgia; and New Braunfels, Texas. But fans can still bid internationally through the online auction, which takes place from 9th to 30th October 2019. Meanwhile, online previews will start from 2nd October on the iGavel Auctions’ website.
Highlights from the auction include the original manuscript of Bourdain’s first novel, A Bone in the Throat; an oil painting by contemporary Canadian artist and writer Brad Phillips titled Cristine and me as Still-Life; silkscreen prints by Welsh artist Ralph Steadman — who was known for his satirically morbid illustrations; and paintings by American musician, painter, actor, director, and producer, John Lurie, one of which is titled The sky is falling, I am learning to live with it and was purchased just a week before Bourdain took his own life at the age of 61. The majority of artworks are expected to sell for approximately HK$39,000 (US$5,000) each.
Sixty percent of the proceeds will go directly to Bourdain’s wife, Ottavia Busia, and his daughter, Ariane. The remaining 40 percent will benefit the Culinary Institute of America, which Bourdain attended and graduated from in 1978, allowing students to spend a semester abroad or take part in the school’s global cuisine classes.
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