Lot 101 - Bruce Lee’s Platform Shoes
A pair of black lace-up platform shoes that were owned and worn by Bruce Lee (1940-1973). Showing evidence of extensive wear.
The shoes are accompanied by an image of Lee wearing the shoes as well as 2 signed letters of provenance.
The first letter of provenance reads, in full:
“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 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 ??? 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 designed equipment for Bruce Lee and their friendship is well documented.
End Date: 2012-05-24 19:30:00