Anthony Bourdain’s personal belongings head to auction next month

A collection of nearly 200 of Anthony Bourdain’s personal items will go on sale in an auction next month.

The belongings include some of the late chef and author’s most valued possessions, ranging from artwork to his clothes to his custom Bob Kramer chef’s knife made of meteorite metal, complete with a certificate from Kramer himself.

The proceeds will be divided between a scholarship in his name at his alma mater, The Culinary Institute of America, and his estate — 40% percent will benefit the Anthony Bourdain Legacy Scholarship to support students pursuing a study abroad or international program, with 60% going to his wife from whom he had separated and daughter, who was 11 when Bourdain died by suicide in June 2018.

The auction, presented by Lark Mason Associates, is scheduled for Oct. 9-30 and will take place in three exhibitions across the United States in New York City, New Braunfels, Texas, and Savannah, Georgia.

Most items range in initial bidding price from $200 to $6,000, with the Kramer chef’s knife expected to go for much more, according to the auction’s website.

The head specialist for iGavel Auctions, the auction house handling the sale, Niki Tiliakos, spoke to “Good Morning America” and said that the response to the auction has been very positive and that people have been eager to learn more about Bourdain’s life.

“People really loved and respected, and I think connected, with him in many ways … For that reason, they’re eager to potentially own something of his or at least see these items,” Tiliakos said.

She added that she thought it was a privilege to handle Bourdain’s items as she cataloged them and that she hopes others will be inspired through the sale.

“We really want this to be respectful and positive and to really just celebrate him and his life,” Tiliakos said.

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