You Can Buy Anthony Bourdain’s Prized Possessions at an Auction to Raise Money for His Family

updated Sep 17, 2019
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In order to raise money for Anthony Bourdain’s family after his passing last year, there will be an auction that will run online from October 9-30, with an additional three exhibits in New York, Savannah, Georgia, and New Braunfels, Texas. All of the items will be between a few hundred dollars up to thousands of dollars — so there’s a range for most price points — and 60 percent of the profits will go to his daughter, Ariane, and his separated wife, Ottavia Busia. 

The last 40 percent will go to support the Anthony Bourdain Legacy Scholarship at the Culinary Institute of America, which helps send students to study abroad for a semester or to participate in a program that involves international cuisine and culture. 

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As for the items, you might find clothes, artwork, cutlery, and more, with over 200 pieces up for auction overall. A few notable ones include his custom-made Bob Kramer chef’s knife, which is estimated to sell around the $4000- $6,000 mark (for those high spenders!), a U.S. Navy jacket he got back in 2006, and paintings from Ralph Steadman and John Lurie, who were both guests on Bourdain’s hit show, Parts Unknown

There is also a Peter Lovig Nielsen desk, where Bourdain used to sit down and write, as well as an early manuscript for his novel, which turned into a film, Bone in the Throat. You can also find a script for The Simpsons episode, “The Food Wife,” where he had guest starred, and there are signed inscriptions on the pages, as well.

In all, the items may be valued at around $400,000. If you would like to give back to his family or own a prized possession to keep a piece of Bourdain in your home, you can bid on these items throughout October.