Anthony Bourdain auction rings up astounding $1,846,575

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Anthony Bourdain auction rings up astounding $1,846,575
A record price of $231,250 was achieved for Bourdain's Bob Kramer Steel and Meteorite Chef's knife.

NEW YORK, NY.- Bidding for The Collection of Anthony Bourdain closed on October 30 with outstanding results. Presented by Lark Mason Associates on the website, the results matched the enthusiastic interest in the sale from 3,000 bidders. All of the 202 lots were sold for amounts significantly higher than their estimates, realizing a total of $1,846,575 including buyers premium. A record price of $231,250 was achieved for Bourdain’s Bob Kramer Steel and Meteorite Chef’s knife and his U.S. Navy Jacket from the U.S.S Nashville with a Tony Bourdain patch which fetched $171,150.

The sale included a range of items from books and personal mementos to carefully chosen works of art, as well as cultural artifacts, which he accumulated during his travels. Many of these items had special significance to Bourdain, either as gifts from friends or special purchases associated with memorable experiences from his writing or television appearances.

“The overwhelming strong results were just what we hoped it would be,” says Lark Mason, Jr., owner of Lark Mason Associates and “Anthony Bourdain connected with many, many people and he was beloved and an intensely original person who lived life fully. The numerous bidders wanted something to remember him by and to promote the Anthony Bourdain Legacy Scholarship at The Culinary Institute of America. We are honored to be contributors to this process through this auction.”

In addition to the chef’s knife and Navy bomber jacket, the other top lots include:

• A French Silvered Bronze Bibendum or Michelin Man Sculpture, $61,250

• Ralph Steadman, Rats in the Kitchen, Artist’s Proof inscribed to Anthony Bourdain, $52,500

• A Rolex Mens Oyster Pepetual Date Blue Dial and Stainless Steel Watch, $48,750

• A Chrome Duck Press from the Paris Episode of The Layover $35,000

• A Panerai Radiomir Wristwatch, $33,750

• A Peter Lovig Nielsen Teak Flip Top Desk, Denmark, 20th Century, $30,000

• Bronze Skulll and Antler Sculpture, Marco Pierre White, $26,250

• Patek Philippe Calatrava Isochronism Glass Back 18k Gold Watch, $26,250

• Brad Phillips. Eat, Pray, (expletive) Watercolor on Paper, $23,125

• A Tag Heuer Monaco Wristwatch, $20,627

• John Lurie, The Sky is Falling. I am Learning to Live with It, Watercolor, $19,625

• A menu by Henry Miller, signed and given to Bourdain by his son, Tony Miller, $19,375

• “The Simpsons” television script for The Food Wife, $18,750

Says Laurie Woolever, Anthony Bourdain’s assistant and collaborator: "I'm pleased to see that Tony's art, furnishings, watches, books and collectibles have found new homes with people who appreciate his sensibilities, and that the sale of these items will allow future generations of CIA students to explore the world."

“We are tremendously grateful that such a generous portion of these auction proceeds will support the Anthony Bourdain Legacy Scholarship at The Culinary institute of America,” said Dr. Tim Ryan, president of the CIA. “Anthony showed us that traveling to experience other cuisines and cultures first-hand is invaluable both in and outside the kitchen. We are proud to be able to support our students, the future leaders of the food industry, in following in his footsteps.”

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