Bruce Lee autographs for sale



2015-06-26 12:29:39

Bruce Lee autographs for sale

Paul Fraser Collectibles tells you how to collect the signatures of a martial arts icon...

Why should you collect Bruce Lee autographs?

Bruce Lee only completed four films before his death in 1973, and yet he made a cultural impact as powerful as his legendary 'one inch punch'.

Born in San Francisco and raised in Hong Kong, he became an icon on both sides of the Pacific and a hero to a generation of Chinese-Americans. But more than that, he was the first man to popularise martial arts on a grand scale in the United States and in doing so created a cultural phenomenon.

Lee's ability as a martial artist was legendary, and he crafted his unique fighting skills into a style he called 'Jeet Kune Do' or 'Way of the Intercepting Fist'. He later set up a number of schools in the U.S, and instructed a number of World Karate Champions including Chuck Norris, Joe Lewis, and Mike Stone.

Front cover of booklet, inscribed by Bruce Lee Bruce Lee personal martial arts booklet is available for 25,000

It was his iconic role as Kato in the short-lived television series 'The Green Hornet' that brought him to the public's attention, and his physical ability combined with a remarkable screen presence meant that a film career soon followed.

His films such as 'The Big Boss', 'Fist of Fury', 'Enter the Dragon' and 'Game of Death' are still viewed today as some of the best martial arts films ever committed to celluloid.

Lee's tragic death at the age of just 32 cut short a career that seemed to have no limits. But as with every star that died before their time, he will always be remembered in his prime.

His speed and strength may have made him a star. But his intelligence and talents as an actor, writer and director are what separate him from his contemporaries. Bruce Lee's legend will live on in history, and the West's continuing fascination with martial arts is testament to the man who revolutionised it.

Collecting tips

The popularity and sought-after nature of Bruce Lee autographs means there will always be a large number of fakes on the market. In many cases it can be difficult for anyone other than an expert to tell forgeries from genuine signatures. This highlights the importance of always buying from a reputable, well-established dealer which offers a lifetime guarantee of authenticity.

However, there are a couple of factors to be aware of when collecting Bruce Lee autographs that everyone can look out for.

A quick look at a number of online auction sites can offer literally hundreds of "signed" Enter the Dragon photographs. However an authentic signed 'Enter the Dragon' photo is unknown at this point. Experts generally agree that any still image from the film with Bruce Lee's signature can be discounted as a fake.

(Ed, update December 2015: Possibly the first genuine Enter The Dragon signed photograph is being offered by RR Auction on 17 January 2016. Initially valued by Paul Fraser Collectibles at £25,000 the item is being offered with a guide price of $20,000 - $30,000. the provenance relates to a gentleman whose family owned the Hong Kong compound where the film was set, and as a child he took the photo and later had Bruce sign it for him.)

Secondly, although it may sound obvious, anything dated post-1973 is a fake, as Lee died in July of that year. Any magazine covers or photographs from after that date that feature his signature are forgeries.

Recent sales

The value of Bruce Lee autographs has risen dramatically in recent years. According to the industry's PFC40 Index, since the year 2000 the average price has risen from £1,750 to £9,950. That's an increase of 468.6%. Recent notable sales of his autographs and memorabilia have included:

The 1965 Green Hornet television contract signed by Lee, sold for $15,535 in October 2007.


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