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Item 670 - Bruce Lee Catalog 491 (Jan 2017)

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Estimate: $20,000.00 +
Sold Price: $19,699.23 (includes buyer's premium)


Vintage glossy 3.75 x 5 photo of Lee as Kato from The Green Hornet television series, signed and inscribed in black ink, “To Roger, Best to you, Bruce Lee,” adding his ‘Loong’ character below his signature, which symbolizes Dragon power, strength, and good luck. In fine condition.

The recipient of the photo, Roger Kay, became Bruce Lee’s first child student at his Seattle-based martial arts school, the Lee Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute, in 1960. With the encouragement of his father, the 11-year-old Kay joined Lee’s all-adult class, training with him for a year before Kay’s father helped Lee organize a class taught exclusively for a local troop of Chinese Boys Scouts. Grateful for their support, the 19-year-old Lee was a frequent dinner guest at the Kay household, offering private training sessions or simply sketching with his youngest student. Moreover, Kay’s sister introduced Lee to his future wife, Linda Emery, during one of his early seminars. Enhanced by its remarkable provenance, this boldly signed photo of Lee as the heroic Kato is an absolute treasure for enthusiasts of both vintage television and the Little Dragon. Accompanied by a full LOA from Beckett Authentication Services.

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