Anthony Bourdain has been dearly missed since his tragic suicide in Kaysersberg, France in 2018.
He traveled the world and one of his favorite cities was Detroit. He filmed several segments of his show Parts Unknown here. He was also working on a documentary about the city of Detroit.
“I love Detroit. I love Detroiters. You’ve got to have a sense of humor to live in a city so relentlessly fucked. You’ve got to be tough—and occasionally even devious. And Detroiters are funny, tough—and supreme improvisers. They are also among the best and most fun drinkers in the country.”- Anthony Bourdain, 2013
His estate is now auctioning off his personal property.
The Anthony Bourdain personal property auction will take place October 9-30, 2019.
This auction showcases nearly 200 lots that Anthony Bourdain personally acquired during his life and it includes some of his most valued possessions: artwork, books, home and decorative furnishings, knives, wrist watches, apparel and more.
One of his most prized possessions was his Custom Bob Kramer steel and meteorite chef’s knife (estimate: $4,000–$6,000).
In addition to the knife, lots that will be available in the online auction include:
- A mid-century Peter Lovig Nielsen desk, which Bourdain used to write
- Original typed manuscript or early draft for Bourdain’s novel turned film Bone in the Throat
- A script for The Simpsons episode “The Food Wife” (in which Bourdain made a guest appearance as himself), with signed inscriptions to Bourdain
- Chrome duck press from the Paris episode of The Layover
- A silver and bronze sculpture of the Michelin Man
- A jacket with a special patch, a gift from the U.S. Navy after the U.S.S. Nashville helped evacuate Bourdain from Beirut after the 2006 Israeli-Lebanese conflict broke out
- Artworks by Brad Phillips, John Lurie, Ralph Steadman
- Vietnamese blue-and-white ceramic vase
- Various books and records
Auctioneer Lark Mason, known for his appearances on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow, estimates that the total market value of the collection is between $200,000 and $400,000.
Anthony Bourdain personal property Auction