Lot #569
Bruce Lee Signed Check

Rare handwritten and signed Bruce Lee check from an important early period, graded by PSA MINT 9
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Estimate: $10000+

Description

Rare handwritten and signed Bruce Lee check from an important early period, graded by PSA MINT 9

Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute business check, 6 x 2.75, filled out and signed by Lee, "Bruce Lee," payable to John Chorbajian for $135, October 19, 1964, with memo, "For rent Oct. 20th—Nov. 20th '64." In fine condition. Encapsulated and graded by PSA/DNA as "MINT 9."

At the time he wrote this check, Bruce Lee was working on founding martial arts kwoons (clubs) in the Bay Area with his friend, martial artist James Yimm Lee. From August 1964 to February 1965, the newlywed Bruce and Linda Lee lived at the home of James Yimm and Katharine Lee at 3039 Monticello Ave—the address given on this check. During this pivotal period, Lee had a legendary fight with Wong Jack Man, which helped to define his martial arts philosophy; his son Brandon was born; and he had a screen test with 20th Century-Fox. Thus, this check comes from a major moment in the development of his martial arts, family life, and acting career.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Animation
  • Dates: #637 - Ended June 15, 2022