This Auction of Anthony Bourdain’s Personal Property Will Fund a Scholarship in His Name
It’s been more than a year since the death of Anthony Bourdain, but the celebrity chef was remembered on September 14 when he received two posthumous Emmy Awards for his work on the CNN series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.
“Our friend keeps delivering the goods….I know you are celebrating somewhere….congratulations Dear Friend…..,” tweeted chef José Andrés.
The famed foodie’s legacy will not only live on through his television show and books, but also through a scholarship in Bourdain’s name at his alma mater, the Culinary Institute of America, which will be funded by the proceeds from an upcoming auction of his personal property.
Anthony Bourdain’s knife and other items will be auctioned in October
Next month, hundreds of items owned by Bourdain — who died in June 2018 at age 61 — will go up for auction at Lark Mason Associates. His custom-made Bob Kramer steel and meteorite chef’s knife knife — estimated to sell for between $4,000 and $6,000 — and a typed manuscript of his first novel, A Bone in the Throat are among the 215 lots that will be on the auction block. People will also be able to bid on a collection of records by artists such as the Velvet Underground and the Kinks, as well as art by John Lurie and Ralph Steadman. A mid-century modern desk, a duck press featured in an episode of Parts Unknown, and a custom-made U.S. Navy bomber jacket will also be for sale.
The collection represents Bourdain’s unique style, his assistant Laurie Woolever told the New York Times.
“He valued comfort, and he knew what looked good,” she said. “He was definitely aware of how to play to his assets. When Vogue magazine approached us to do a story about him and I presented to him, my thought was, ‘He’s not going to want this.’ As was the case with so many things, I was wrong. He said, ‘Oh I absolutely want to do this, out of a sense of sheer vanity. I’m so flattered.’”
Auctioneer Lark Mason, who did not personally know Bourdain, said that his possessions demonstrated an affinity for well-made basics. “Those things helped ground him,” he told the Times. “He had a turbulent life in many respects and an unsettled soul. As we look at all these things, almost everything was purposeful.”
The auction will generate between $200,000 and $400,000
The items up for auction have a market value between $200,000 and $400,000, according to Mason. Forty percent of the proceeds will go to a scholarship for students at the Culinary Institute of America. The scholarship will support students who are studying abroad. The other 60% will go to Bourdain’s wife and his daughter. The online auction will run from October 9-30.
Bourdain graduated from CIA in 1978. The Anthony Bourdain Legacy Scholarship was the brainchild of Andrés and fellow chef Eric Ripert. The plans is to grant the first awards by the spring 2020 semester.
“We were both lucky enough to have traveled the world with Anthony and experienced firsthand the impact he had on our culture, both here and abroad,” Ripert and Andrés said in a statement. “We hope that this scholarship will help his memory live on for students who want to experience the world as Anthony did — through cuisines and cultures everywhere.”
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