Bruce Lee’s Black Platform Shoes
This pair of Bruce Lee’s Black Platform Shoes was worn by the martial arts legend extensively throughout the early 1970s.
This pair of black leather lace-up platform shoes display signs of extensive wear, and are sold alongside a photograph of Bruce Lee wearing the shoes and two signed letters of provenance.
The first, from their former owner Mark Ashton-Jackson, reads:
“I, Mark Ashton-Jackson, state, that Bruce Lee, the legendary martial arts action movie star, wore these shoes. My father Herb Jackson, was a close friend to Bruce Lee and over their relationship; Bruce Lee gave as gifts many of his personal belongings to my father. These shoes were one of those items. These black laced platform shoes are historic in nature and can be seen in the countless Hong Kong magazines from 1970-1973 when Bruce Lee was seeking international fame. Bruce Lee can be seen wearing these shoes in the many publications both in Asia and United States. These shoes circa 1970-1973 and were one of Bruce’s favorite pairs. I, Mark Ashton-Jackson, state, the above to be true and accurate. [signed] Mark Ashton-Jackson ”
The second letter, by the Bruce Lee historian David Tadman, reads:
“My name is David Tadman and I am a writer and producer and Bruce Lee historian. This letter concerns a pair of black size 7 platform shoes of early seventies style, heal markings ‘NY-OPLQJI’ which were owned and used by Bruce Lee, the legendary martial arts action superstar. These shoes are documented in many photographs and martial arts pictorial magazines that have been circulated from jQuery1111066524079302325841413543783161? until present day. I have written many books on Bruce Lee and am well qualified to opine on such items. I have, through photo investigation and research, identified this pair as his personally owned and used equipment. Theses shoes represent a place in time for Bruce Lee when he was achieving great success in Hollywood. Blood, sweat, and tears, I am sure, have touched this historic pair. He is a true LEGEND and these are a particularly meaningful and cherishable piece of Bruce Lee’s story. PROVENANCE : These shoes were given directly to Herb Jackson from Bruce Lee. Herb Jackson was a close friend, student and confidant of Bruce Lee. Herb Jackson handed these to his son, Mark Ashton. CONDITION: Heavy natural wear especially to sole surface. These are in my opinion authentic beyond any question of a doubt. I, David Tadman, state the above to be true and accurate: [signed] David Tadman”
Herb Jackson was one of Bruce Lee’s closest friends, a student of Jeet Kune Do who worked closely with Lee to build a wide variety of training equipment during the 1970s.
The pair formed a close bond, and Lee gifted numerous items to Jackson throughout their friendship including this pair of shoes.
This pair of shoes was placed up for sale in May 2012 through the auction company PFC Auctions
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