Anthony Bourdain's Personal Belongings Fetch $1.8 Million at Auction

Items from the estate of the late Anthony Bourdain sold for a total of $1.8 million at auction last week. The auction contained the chef and TV personality's personal possessions, including artwork, clothing and kitchenware.

The highest-selling item in the auction was the chef’s custom Kramer knife, which he once called “the most awesome knife in the world" while filming a show called “Raw Craft." It sold for a grand total of $231,250.

The lot varied from things like old DVDs to personal effects, like a pair of Persol Steve McQueen sunglasses. There was an army jacket he wore while filming the Beirut episode of "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations," in Lebanon, in 2006 when conflict broke out. The jacket has a patch with a symbol of two knives crossed and the name “Tony Bourdain” embroidered on it.

Bourdain’s collection of art, movies, books and music also went to auction. Included in the lots was artwork by Ralph Steadman — whom Bourdain visited in London for “Parts Unknown” in 2016 — along with a signed Simpsons script from the episode on which he appeared and his record collection including albums by The Kinks, The Velvet Underground and The Beatles. 

Bourdain passed away in June of 2018 at the age of 61. 

Forty percent of the funds raised by the auction will go towards the Anthony Bourdain Legacy Scholarship Fund at the Culinary Institute of America, Bourdain’s alma mater. The funds will help students study abroad and learn about international cuisine.

"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," Bourdain's assistant and collaborator Laurie Woolever said. 

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