$100 000 for Lee jump­suit

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PEOPLE -

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

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