It’s been more than a year since Anthony Bourdain’s sudden passing in 2018. The grief still runs deep for the chef and TV host’s fans around the world. While the culinary voyager is no longer with us, fans of Bourdain can now own a piece of his story with a collection of his possessions now available for auction through 30 October — including eight of his coveted timepieces. Currently available online at iGavel Auctions, the remarkable pieces range from a Rolex to a Patek Philippe — with forty per cent of the overall sales to be donated toward The Culinary Institute of America, and the remainder going to Bourdain’s family.
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 Men’s 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.