$100 000 for Lee jumpsuit
HONG KONG: The yellow jumpsuit worn on screen by martial arts legend Bruce Lee in the movie Game of Death, his final film, has sold at a Hong Kong auction for $100 000 (R1 million).
The yellow polyester suit with black stripes down the sides went to an unidentified bidder at Spink auction house’s Thursday night sale. It was part of a collection of 14 items of Bruce Lee memorabilia that raised more than 2 million Hong Kong dollars (R2.7m).
The suit was one of two Lee commissioned from his Hong Kong tailor for Game of Death.
The auction house said the zipper on the back is damaged from a fight scene in the movie.
Lee died in 1973 before he could finish the film. An incomplete version came out that year, followed by a featurelength version released posthumously in 1978 using stand-ins.
A pair of wooden yellow lacquered “nunchaku” that match the jumpsuit sold for HK$540 000 to British collector George Philips, an investment manager based in Hong Kong. “It’s an iconic item,” he said. A green bamboo whip went for HK$96 000. – Sapa-AP