The memory of Anthony Bourdain remains as indelible as his legacy. Many measures have been taken to commemorate the life of the former chef, first with the extension of his literary body thanks to the release of a retrospective book, Anthony Bourdain Remembered, and next with the auction of his private estate, which includes the sale of his beloved timepiece collection. Eight of his coveted timepieces are slated to go under the hammer come 30 October.
Currently available online at iGavel Auctions, the remarkable pieces range from a Rolex to a Patek Philippe — with forty percent 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 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.