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New Braunfels auction of Anthony Bourdain's personal items shatters million-dollar mark

New Braunfels' Anthony Bourdain auction shatters million-dollar mark

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An auction of Anthony Bourdain's personal items fetched nearly $2 million. Anthony Bourdain/Facebook

Buoyed by six-figure purchase prices for a knife and a jacket, the online auction of items owned by the late celebrity chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain reaped more than $1.8 million. New Braunfels-based Lark Mason Associates conducted the auction October 30. Before the auction, the company displayed some of Bourdain’s belongings just outside San Antonio. 

All 202 of the pieces up for auction were sold, generating a total of $1,846,575, Lark Mason Associates says. Auction organizers initially estimated the entire sale would collect $200,000 to $400,000. The auction attracted about 3,000 virtual bidders.

“Anthony Bourdain connected with many, many people, and he was beloved and an intensely original person who lived life fully,” Lark Mason Jr., owner of Lark Mason Associates and iGavelauctions.com, says in a release. “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.” 

Among the items that fetched far more than had been anticipated were Bourdain’s Bob Kramer steel and meteorite chef’s knife ($231,250) and Bourdain’s Navy jacket from the USS Nashville ($171,150). 

Sale prices for other notable pieces include:

  • $48,750 for a Rolex wristwatch
  • $35,000 for a chrome duck press from the Paris episode of Bourdain’s Travel Channel series, The Layover
  • $33,750 for a Panerai Radiomir wristwatch
  • $30,000 for a Peter Lovig Nielsen teak flip-top desk 
  • $20,627 for a Tag Heuer Monaco wristwatch
  • $18,750 for a script from The Food Wife episode of The Simpsons, featuring a voice cameo by Bourdain

“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,” says Laurie Woolever, Anthony Bourdain’s assistant and collaborator.

Bourdain died in France in June 2018, less than three weeks before his 62nd birthday.

Forty percent of the proceeds from the auction benefited the Bourdain scholarship at the Culinary Institute of America, which has a campus in San Antonio. The remaining 60 percent of the proceeds went to Bourdain’s estate.

“Anthony showed us that traveling to experience other cuisines and cultures firsthand is invaluable both in and outside the kitchen,” says Tim Ryan, president of the CIA. “We are proud to be able to support our students, the future leaders of the food industry, in following in his footsteps.”