Bourdain’s belongings

Own a piece of Anthony Bourdain's personal collection — on display near Austin for limited time

Own a piece of Anthony Bourdain's collection — on display near Austin

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Personal items from the late, great Anthony Bourdain are coming to New Braunfels. Courtesy photo

Personal items owned by the late celebrity chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain will be on display soon in New Braunfels. During an online auction of around 200 of Bourdain’s possessions, auction company Lark Mason Associates will showcase some of the items in its gallery at 210 W. Mill St., as well as in New York City and Savannah, Georgia.

It’s not known yet which of Bourdain’s belongings will be exhibited in New Braunfels. The Bourdain showings will be open to the public 10 am to 4 pm weekdays from October 9 through October 30.

Among the items on the virtual auction block will be artwork, books, home furnishings, knives, wristwatches, and apparel from Bourdain’s collection. Highlights include:

  • A Peter Lovig Nielsen teak flip-top desk (estimated value of $800 to $1,200)
  • A custom-made Bob Kramer steel and meteorite chef’s knife (estimated value of $4,000 to $6,000)
  • A chrome duck press from the Paris episode of Bourdain’s Travel Channel series The Layover (estimated value of $200 to $300)
  • An original typed manuscript of Bourdain’s book A Bone in the Throat (estimated value of $700 to $1,000)
  • A script for The Simpsons episode titled The Food Wife, which aired in 2011 and featured a voice cameo by Bourdain (estimated value of $800 to $1,200)

Bourdain “was a larger-than-life personality with so many interests other than food, and this sale reflects his multidimensional persona,” Lark Mason of New Braunfels, president and CEO of Lark Mason Associates, says in a release. “We have kept the [price] estimates low so that everyone who loved Tony will have the opportunity to purchase something from this sale and know that part of the proceeds will be going to a good cause.”

Forty percent of the auction proceeds will benefit a scholarship established in Bourdain’s name at The Culinary Institute of America, which has a campus in San Antonio. Bourdain graduated from the institute in 1978. The rest of the proceeds will go to Bourdain’s estate.

“We are deeply honored that the Bourdain family has chosen to further Anthony’s curiosity and passion for learning through this generous donation that will support [culinary] students in their journeys,” Tim Ryan, CIA president, says in the release. “The ability to travel and experience other cuisines and cultures firsthand is a priceless gift that will ensure that his legacy lives on in the future leaders of the food world.”

Bourdain, 61, died in 2018 in France. He was there to film an episode of his CNN food and travel show, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, when he apparently committed suicide in his hotel room.