Bruce Lee is known for many things (the fastest punch, playing ping pong with nunchaku, etc.), but the martial arts star, who died unexpectedly at the age of 32 in 1973, will always be associated with his iconic yellow jumpsuit.
Worn in his final film, “Game of Death,” which was released incomplete later in the year and given a new release in 1978 using additional footage, the jumpsuit is going up for auction in Hong Kong this week. In addition to the jumpsuit, other items associated with the marital arts star include a set of yellow-lacquered wooden nunchaku and a bamboo whip. The nunchaku are expected to go for $26,000-$38,700, while the whip will likely bring in $9,000-$10,000.
But the jumpsuit? Expect to shell out $32,250-$38,700 for it to adorn your home — or your body, if you’re weird. The jumpsuit was custom-made by a Hong Kong tailor for Bruce Lee, but after it was washed following completion of the film, it shrunk about six inches.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the legend’s death, so now seems as good a time as any to put these items up on the auction block. They were sold to the collector by Taky Kimura, a close friend and former student of Lee’s, who was given the items before Lee died.
A certificate of authenticity will be given to the lucky winners of each auction, so you KNOW the ratty yellow jumpsuit you own was once worn by the legend. Or you can just lie and say it was worn by Uma Thurman in “Kill Bill.” Tarantino paid homage to Lee and the outfit by dressing his femme fatale in a very similar one.