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Anthony Bourdain’s most special timepieces are going up for auction

It isn’t often that culinary and horology arts come together in such memorable form, but Anthony Bourdain was never one  to make do with just ordinary.

A year since the renowned chef and TV host’s passing, the grief still runs deep amongst Bourdain’s fans around the world. Yet whilst the culinary voyager is no longer with us, fans of Bourdain can now own a piece of his story. On auction now until 30 October, some of Anthony Bourdain’s most coveted pieces are available for fans to bid on at iGavel Auctions, with forty percent of overall sales to be donated toward The Culinary Institute of America. The remainder will go to Bourdain’s family.

Anthony Bourdain was often seen sporting a watch during filming of shows such as CNN’s Parts Unknown.

Technical details aside, there’s no question watches carry immense sentimental value in connection with their wearers — which makes the collection of timepieces of interest not just to watch enthusiasts, but Bourdain fans at large. Hitting the auction block are a number of treasured timepieces including a Patek Philippe Calatrava (currently at US$9,750 and counting), a Rolex Mens Oyster Perpetual Date Blue Dial (currently at US$10,000), and a Panerai Radiomir Wristwatch AB1A (sitting at US$12,007). Another standout piece is the J Jacot Locle pocket watch (currently at US$1,700); and a vintage rose gold Rolex which may have belonged to Bourdain’s father (sitting at US$3,700).

The timepieces are part of a larger collection of Bourdain’s possessions, featuring 215 lots which include artwork, books, furniture, as well as a bespoke meteorite chef’s knife (currently going for US$21,000). You can view the full lot under the Property from the Collection of Anthony Bourdain at iGavel Auctions here.

This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Hong Kong.

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