A collection of 215 items that belonged to the late Anthony Bourdain will be up for auction in October, with a chunk of the proceeds benefiting a travel scholarship for young chefs.
The online auction will include books, records, a duck press, a typed manuscript of Bourdain's first novel, his writing desk, a custom-made chef's knife and artwork from Ralph Steadman and John Lurie, who were both guests on Bourdain’s show Parts Unknown. A significant portion of the proceeds from the sale will go towards the Anthony Bourdain Legacy Scholarship, which was established by The Culinary Institute of America, in partnership with chefs Eric Ripert and José Andrés, to provide grant money to students who pursue a study-abroad semester or a global cuisines programme. The remaining proceeds will go to Bourdain’s estate, according to auctioneer Lark Mason Associates.
While the auction will take place online between 9 and 30 October, exhibitions showcasing the collection will be held in Lark Mason showrooms in New York; Savannah, Georgia, and New Braunfels, Texas. Speaking to the New York Times, auctioneer Mr Mason, said that Bourdain's possessions reflect his desire for practical and well-designed products.
"Those things helped ground him," Mr. Mason said. "He had a turbulent life in many respects and an unsettled soul. As we look at all these things, almost everything was purposeful."
The beloved New York chef and documentarian, with a passion for travel and championing the underdog, died through suicide in France while filming his popular CNN series, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown last year. His legacy includes a food trail in New Jersey, where Bourdain spent much of his childhood, created in his honour after he passed away and Anthony Bourdain Day on 25 June.