Here is a Bruce Lee Memorabilia Auction That Does Great!
To buy, consign or sell to the Nate D. Sanders Bruce Lee memorabilia auction where we just sold one for $37,500, please email Nate@NateDSanders.com or phone (310) 440.2982.
Bruce Lee Memorabilia Auction
The July 2017 Nate D. Sanders Bruce Lee memorabilia auction that featured a one-of-a-kind Bruce Lee autograph letter signed that sold for a world record, $37,500:
Fantastic Bruce Lee Autograph Letter Signed on Gung Fu Discipline, Harmonious Movements, Health, Mind, No Wasted Movements, Oneness, Self-Consciousness, Self Defense, Simplicity & Training
Bruce Lee autograph letter signed, with exceptional content explaining the philosophical and spiritual underpinnings of Gung Fu martial arts. Dated 4 April 1964 with the original envelope postmarked from Seattle, Lee writes to an aspiring martial arts student Gene Snelling, just before Snelling deployed to Vietnam. The inspiring letter reads in full, “Dear Gene, Your letter arrived [at] the Institute to-day, and I have to say I am impressed by your enthusiasm. / The Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute of Seattle began only six months ago. The aim is to teach the true ‘Way’ of Gung Fu all over the U.S. At present the Institute has around 45 students and meet 3 times a week – Tues. & Thurs. night 8-9:30 p.m. and Sunday morning 10-11:30 a.m. / Gung Fu means discipline and training toward the ultimate Reality of the object – be it on health promotion, on mind cultivation, or on self-protection. / No distinction is made to separate between the opponent and the self because the opponent is but the complementary part of oneself. There is then no conquering, struggling or dominating, but to fit harmoniously one’s movement into that of the opponent (when he expands, you contract; when he contracts, you expand, each being the cause and result of the other.) There is then a ‘oneness’ result. / The closer to the source of true martial art, the less wastage of movement there is, and a good Gung Fu man is a simplifier – to express the utmost in the minimum of motion and energy. Thus profound simplicity, not fundamental, is the key word and simplicity, by the way, is the natural result of the highest cultivation. This simplicity is the last stage of art. / The highest stage occurs when a person is devoided of self-consciousness and his feeling and experience expresses himself freely. The actions will be being so of themselves without straining or striving. / I’m invited to give a demonstration in Calif. next month (May 2) in Alameda. If you happen to be some-where near by you can look me up in James Lee’s address. I’ll be there from May 1-May 3 for the weekend. This summer I might g to Toronto and teach for two weeks and will stop by for the World’s Fair at N.Y. so if opportunity arrives, maybe we can meet each other. / Sincerely / Bruce J.F. Lee”. Three page letter is on three sheets, ideal for framing. Pages measure 7.25″ x 10.5″. Light browning at edges, but overall in near fine condition with bold handwriting, composed using a felt-tip pen. Letter is accompanied by original envelope, handwritten by Lee, with his return address as the Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute on University Way in Seattle, Washington. Sold for $37,500.
Bruce Lee continues to inspire new generations of collectors who pay top dollar at auction for his rare memorabilia. The iconic martial artist/movie star/philosopher’s legend only continues to grow, 43 years after his untimely death. Born in San Francisco and raised through his teenage years in the Kowloon section of Hong Kong, Lee broke down countless barriers encountered by Asian actors in Hollywood, becoming the star instead of the sidekick.
The Nate D. Sanders Bruce Lee memorabilia auction has a long history of auctioning some of the finest Bruce Lee memorabilia to reach the open market, while achieving fantastic results.
In 2013, the Nate D. Sanders Bruce Lee memorabilia auction had the honor of auctioning the estate of Bruce Lee’s best friend & student, the world renowned martial arts expert, Herb Jackson. The fabulous collection featured never before seen items worn & used by Bruce Lee.
Below are some examples from our Nate D. Sanders Bruce Lee memorabilia auction items that have sold:
Above is a Bruce Lee owned and used heavy bag. Beige canvas heavy bag used in Lee’s revolutionary martial arts practice is stamped with brand name Atlas. From the collection of Herb Jackson, whose well-documented friendship with Lee began while he trained in Jeet Kune Do at Lee’s Los Angeles martial arts academy in Chinatown. Lee, impressed with Jackson’s background in street fighting, in time befriended his student and invited him to train at his home. Just before his fateful move to Hong Kong, Lee gifted many pieces of his martial arts equipment to Jackson. Sold for $33,901
Above are Bruce Lee’s personally owned and worn shoes. Pair of white leather lace-up shoes feature a 1” platform under the front of the foot and a 3” heel. Shoes are an approximate men’s size 7.5. Lee’s widow distributed his shoes between the two men closest to Lee who were most similar in shoe size – his brother and Herb Jackson. Image of Bruce wearing the shoes lifting the barbell is from pp. 114 of ”The Art of Expressing the Human Body’. The other image appears on pp. 14 of a vintage magazine headlined, ”Bruce Lee & The Way of the Dragon”. Sold for $29,136
Above are Bruce Lee’s personally owned and worn shoes. Pair of leather lace-up shoes in brown, tan and cream feature a 0.75” platform under the front of the foot and a 3.25” heel. Shoes are an approximate men’s size 6.5. Sold for $29.136
Above are Bruce Lee’s personally owned and worn shoes. Pair of white leather sneakers by Adidas feature the brand’s trademark trio of stripes on the sides in red and blue. Sold for $21,889
Above is a Bruce Lee personally owned and worn athletic top, a navy blue sweatshirt with half length sleeves. Sold for $19,899
Bruce Lee personally owned and worn shoes. Pair of white leather athletic shoes feature a stripe design on the sides in black, and the Onitsuka Tiger brand name and logo in red on the cloth tongue. Sold for $19,899
Above are Bruce Lee personally owned and worn platform shoes, seen in countless magazine ads during the height of his rising fame in the 70’s. Black leather platform shoes are size 7 with an approximately 2” heel. Sold for $17,365
Above is a Bruce Lee personally owned and worn University of Washington athletic top, where Lee majored in Drama. Navy blue sweatshirt features cutoff sleeves and is printed in white, ”U of W” over the left breast. Sold for $14.949
Above is a Bruce Lee personally owned and used focus mitt from training in his proprietary martial arts philosophy, Jeet Kune Do. All leather focus mitt by Biltuff brand in black and yellowish tan fastens across the wrist with an adjustable leather strap and hook. Sold for $13,068
Above are Bruce Lee’s boxing gloves used in teaching and training in his proprietary martial arts method, Jeet Kune Do. Gloves by Everlast are made of burgundy leather with tan leather trim and white cloth brand label, featuring vented palms and the printed number ”2616”. Sold for $12,353
Above is Bruce Lee’s personally owned and used double end striking bag from training in his proprietary martial arts philosophy, Jeet Kune Do. Bag by Everlast brand is sturdily constructed of eight panels of pink terra cotta color leather, with brand name stamped in black and labeled ”Genuine Cowhide”. Oblong bag laces up at one end and has built-in leather loops for suspending at both ends. Sold for $12,353
From our November 2016 auction:
Bruce Lee Autograph on Steve McQueen Student’s File
Bruce Lee signed student file for actor Steve McQueen, who studied under Lee at the Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute. McQueen was also Lee’s close friend and a pallbearer at his funeral in 1973. This file, entitled “Bruce Lee’s Tao of Gung Fu” is handwritten by Lee on the cover, “Steve McQueen” and signed “Bruce Lee” by him inside, under “President’s Approval” of McQueen’s promotion. Lee also hand writes McQueen’s personal information, including his age, address, phone numbers, marital status, profession, etc., and notes his date of promotion as “Oct. 17 1967”. Heavy paper folder measures 9.5″ x 11.5″, with the Institute’s orange and gold yin/yang symbol on the cover. In near fine condition. Originally lot 27 of Superior Galleries’ Bruce Lee auction on 7 August 1993, there consigned by Lee’s wife, Linda Lee Caldwell. It sold for $24,361.
Bruce Lee’s National Karate Championship Plaque
From our October 2015 Bruce Lee Memorabilia Auction:
Bruce Lee signed publicity photo from the 1966 television show ”The Green Hornet”. Lee played Kato, Green Hornet’s martial-arts partner. Lee signs in black marker, ”To Bruce, Best Wishes / Bruce Lee” above his hand-drawn Chinese character of the Dragon. As Lee was born in the Year of the Dragon and the Hour of the Dragon, he sometimes incorporated the Loong character of the dragon into his signature. Sold for $12,080
From our October 2013 Bruce Lee Memorabilia Auction:
Bruce Lee letter signed. Lee’s letter was sent from Hong Kong just before the premier of ”Return of the Dragon” aka ”Way of the Dragon” in that city. It is addressed to his close friend and Jeet Kune Do protege Herb Jackson in Los Angeles. Postmarked 22 November 1972, the letter reads in full, ”Dear Herb, There has been a slight change of plan which is the premier night of my motion picture in Hong Kong is rescheduled for December 23. There will be just this slight postponement. I have already written James Lee. I hope you are in the process of getting all the necessary documents for traveling and as soon as I get an okay from James’ physical examination, I will write to you to make all the necessary arrangements. Take care, Your Friend, [signed] Bruce Lee”. Sold for $10,208
From our May 2012 Bruce Lee Memorabilia Auction:
Above is a check signed on the account of Bruce Lee’s Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute in Oakland, California dated 19 October 1964 to John Chorbajian in the amount of $135 ”for rent” from 20 October to 20 November 1964, noted in Lee’s hand. Sold for $6,691
The Nate D. Sanders Bruce Lee memorabilia auction looks forward to continuing to provide both consignors and collectors the opportunity to share in the celebration of all things Bruce Lee.
To buy, consign or sell to the Nate D. Sanders Bruce Lee memorabilia auction, please email Nate@NateDSanders.com or phone (310) 440.2982.