Most were unsold in the HK auction.
Gracious autograph letter signed "Bruce",
one page, on Air Mail stationery, Kowloon, Hong Kong, canceled February 21, 1972. Lee writes to his good friend, martial arts student, and personal trainer Herb Jackson in Venice, CA, that his wife, "Linda finally arrived yesterday and we are in the midst of finding a bigger apartment. I've been busy writing my script [for The Way of the Dragon
, the first of Lee's self-penned screenplays to be produced] and should be finished in a couple of week [sic]. However, the main purpose of this letter is not to tell you how we are doing…but to thank you for all that you have done, the training equipment, the helping of moving my house (not just once) and I thank you sincerely AND with the deepest appreciation. By the way, let me know how much the cement in the patio comes to. Linda, [and the Lees' children] Brandon and Shannon send their love…" Fully addressed in Lee's hand, with return address incorporating his full signature "Bruce Lee." With the small holes and irregular edges typical of an opened air-mail letter, otherwise in excellent condition. Much of the training equipment Lee thanks his friend for makes up this very collection.
Estimate HK$ 50,000 - 100,000.
Universal Genève Polerouter wristwatch, with automatic microtor movement. Features two-tone gold dial with raised gold edge and gold index hour markers, with black crosshair design. Case is gold-capped stainless steel with stainless back. Wear to leather band and some visible toning to face and discoloration of hands, otherwise in very good condition. As this watch was produced in the late 1950s, Bruce Lee must have received it years before gifting it to his friend and student Herb Jackson, who would gain lasting renown for carrying on his teacher's legacy until his own death in 2007.
Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 60,000.
Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute partially printed document with Bruce Lee's hand drawn symbol in Chinese for the dragon (which he often used as a signature), as president of the institute, 1 page, Los Angeles, January 10, 1968. In the hand of, and also signed by Lee's assistant, "Dan Ino[san]to." who initially taught Herb Jackson, the student receiving the certificate. The document names Jackson to the first rank in the discipline of Jun Fan Gung Fu (or kung-fu). With Lee's chop stamped over his signature. The institute's Taijitu emblem printed at top center in red and green, and red and green dragons and flames at top and bottom corners respectively. Edge wear, especially at bottom edge, with water staining that obscures the middle of Inosanto's signature, minor foxing, and overall toning, otherwise in good condition. Bruce Lee began teaching martial arts in 1959, after leaving the University of Washington in Seattle. When his television show The Green Hornet was canceled in 1967 after a single season, he returned to teaching, establishing the Jun Fan Institute in Los Angeles. Irritated with the impractical formalism of traditional kung-fu schools, Lee's own style and teaching evolved into Jeet Kune Do, a fluid and adaptable approach to martial arts that was less a style than a philosophy.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 50,000.
Incredible original drawing signed "My Warmest Personal Regards, Bruce",
at lower left, with autograph annotations describing elements of his personal philosophy. Lee draws water flowing around a stone, and writes, "Motion of Water / to fit, to / accomodate [sic] itself to / Stone." Below, he draws a hand attempting to grasp water, and writes, "Water slips / out as a / result of / the grasping / The faster the / grasp, the / faster it / slips." Toning, especially at edges, otherwise in very good condition indeed. A unique and vivid expression of Bruce Lee's essential philosophy of Kung Fu and of life: be like water, always adapting, so that you flow past obstacles, and no opponent can predict what you will do next! With letter of authenticity from the original recipient, one of Lee's students and friends.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 30,000.
Kung Fu student membership card signed "Bruce Lee", in black ink as president of the Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute. It reads, "The Undersigned is a regularly enrolled student at the Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute for the quarter and year indicated above." With the red and gold Taijitu symbol that Lee would continue to use as he developed his Jeet Kune Do method of Kung Fu. Not issued. In fine condition. Mounted under glass in a back and gold frame, and ready for display!
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 12,000.
Personally owned "Silent Flute" script for the unproduced film Lee co-wrote, 70 pages, 4to, dated on title page October 29, 1970. Bound at left with a report cover. The title page announces "PINGREE-PANPIPER PRODUCTIONS / present / a / film / by / James Coburn Bruce Lee Stirling Silliphant / THE SILENT FLUTE / written by / Stirling Silliphant." This copy was delivered to Lee at his home in Bel Air. Some toning to title page, otherwise near fine. At the time he collaborated on this script, Bruce Lee was still a rising star, while Coburn had long been an established action hero, and Silliphant was an Oscar-winning screenwriter (for 1967's In the Heat of the Night). Coburn had studied martial arts under Lee and the two became close friends. All three traveled to India to scout locations for the film, which was to be produced by Warner Brothers, but the project never came to fruition. It would resurface year later as Circle of Iron, starring David Carradine.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000.