Bruce Lee name card sells for HK$30,000
An auction of Bruce Lee memorabilia raised a total of HK1.78 million in Hong Kong yesterday.
And even one of the tiniest lots on offer - a business card - sold for HK$30,000 at the auction at Phila China in Wan Chai.
The card, from Lee's time teaching kung fu in the US, was bought by Hong Kong fan Albert Wong Kam-hong, who is deputy chairman of property agency Midland Holdings.
'The auctioneer and bidders were quite astounded that I paid about HK$30,000 for a name card ... but it shows his efforts in promoting kung fu, a culture non-existent overseas at that time,' Wong said.
He had not collected Lee memorabilia before but chose to splash out HK$260,000 on five items, including a membership card for Lee's kung fu school and a letter from Time magazine to the young Lee, offering him discounts on subscriptions.
Wong said he respected the star's philosophy of striving for excellence, adding: 'On the printed card you can see a yin-yang symbol and the master's motto, 'Using no way as way, having no limitation as limitation'.'
The most expensive of the 13 items on offer was a fur-lined jacket worn by Lee. It went for HK$600,000, four times the original estimate.
The buyer, Greg Manning, flew in from the US to bid for the dark blue coat, made in around 1973 for Lee's film Game of Death.
Manning has previously spent US$5.6 million on Lee memorabilia.
A Spanish buyer snapped up a letter Lee wrote to a friend in 1966. He talked about the television series The Green Hornet, in which he played the hero's sidekick, Kato. The three pages of handwriting went for HK$400,000.