Anthony Bourdain auction rings up $1.8M

Custom Bob Kramer steel and meteorite chef’s knife, with certificate to Anthony Bourdain, auctioned for $231,250. Lark Mason Associates

NEW YORK – Bidding for The Collection of Anthony Bourdain closed on October 30th with outstanding results. Results matched the enthusiastic interest in the sale, which attracted 3,000 registered bidders, according to Lark Mason Jr, who produced the auction.

All of the 202 lots offered were sold for amounts significantly higher than their estimates, realizing a total of $1,846,575, inclusive of buyer’s 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 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 accumulated during Bourdain’s travels. Many of the items had special significance, either because they were gifts from friends or special purchases associated with memorable experiences from his writing or television appearances.

Chef Anthony Bourdain (1956-2018). Image courtesy Lark Mason Associates

“The overwhelming strong results were just what we hoped it would be,” said Mason. “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.”

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