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Bruce Lee's famous yellow jumpsuit up for auction

Ms Anna Lee, vice-chairman of Chinese auction house Spink, poses with nunchaku and a jumpsuit, both used by the late gongfu superstar Bruce Lee in his last movie Game Of Death, as part of the Bruce Lee 40th anniversary collection, at a news conferenc
December 11, 2013
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Bruce Lee's famous yellow jumpsuit up for auction

HONG KONG (AP) - Bruce Lee fans who covet the original yellow jumpsuit that the martial arts legend wore onscreen will get a chance to bid for it at a Hong Kong auction this week.

It's part of a collection of 14 items including clothing and props going on the block on Thursday.

Lee wore the yellow suit, with black stripes down the sides, in Game Of Death. Lee died in 1973, before the movie was finished. An incomplete version was released that year, followed by a feature-length version in 1978 cobbled together with footage filmed after his death.

Lee's death at 32 from an allergic reaction to painkillers came at the height of his fame. The actor's legendary gongfu skills and screen presence helped him become a global superstar and popularised martial arts films across the world. Quentin Tarantino paid homage to Lee's jumpsuit by dressing Uma Thurman in one for his Kill Bill movies.

Spink auction house estimates the suit will fetch 250,000 to 300,000 Hong Kong dollars (S$40,000 to S$48,000).

The jumpsuit was custom-made for Lee by a Hong Kong tailor but is smaller than its original size, having shrunk by about 15cm when it was washed after the filming, said the auction house's vice-chairman, Anna Lee.

The auction house said Lee gave the items to his friend and former student Taky Kimura, who sold them to the collector.

Spink said the unidentified collector decided to sell the items this year, which marks the 40th anniversary of Lee's death.

Other props from Game Of Death to be sold include a pair of yellow lacquered wooden nunchaku expected to fetch US$26,000 to US$38,700 (S$33,000 to S$49,000) and a bamboo whip with an estimate of US$9,000 to US$10,000.

Lee said buyers will receive a certificate of authenticity from Kimura.

 

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