A collection of the late Anthony Bourdain’s belongings fetched nearly $2 million at auction in October which drew 3,000 bidders, who raised a total amount of $1,846,575 (£1,445,460).
Among more than 200 listings, Bourdain’s custom Bob Kramer steel-and-meteorite chef’s knife netted the highest bid of $185,000, before the additional 25% buyer’s premium of $46,250. It is interesting that the knife was estimated to be worth $4,000 and $6,000, but reached incredible price after 55 bids.
After acquiring the knife in 2016, Bourdain had written on Instagram: “I might have to go back to working brunch shifts to afford it. But I now own a Kramer knife. Samurai quality, 800 layers of pounded meteorite and steel. I plan on just sitting here gazing at it for a few days before taking it out for a drive.”
According to the auction many of the items, which included a range of items from books and personal mementos to carefully chosen works of art, as well as cultural artefacts, which he accumulated during his travels were sold for amounts significantly higher than their estimates. The auction, which was hosted by Antiques Roadshow’s Lark Mason, took place from 9-30 October with a portion of the proceeds set to support the Anthony Bourdain Legacy Scholarship at The Culinary Institute of America.