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Bruce Lee Signed Personal Check 15×25 Photo Display – JSA Full LOAGo Back
Winning Bid: $4,100.00
Winning Bid: $4,100.00
Auction ends: December 2, 2017 11:45 PM
Total price with Buyers Premium: $4,920.00
Bids count: 6
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Bruce Lee was the first to introduce the martial arts to the American cinema. He was born in San Francisco but was raised in Hong Kong and at age six he made his first childhood movie in “The Beginning of a Boy.” By the time he returned to the states he was a childhood actor and street fighter in Asia. It was in San Francisco where he began teaching the martial arts in backyards and city parks. Around this time Bruce moved north to Seattle, where he met his future wife, Linda and opened his first Martial Arts School.
In 1966, Lee’s big break came when he was chosen to play Kato in the TV series “The Green Hornet.” The show was mildly successful in the U.S. but was a major hit in Asia, giving Bruce international acclaim. His career in movies began shortly after this of which he had five classics. However, his career came to an abrupt end when he passed away from a cerebral swelling in 1973, four days before the premiere of his feature film “Enter the Dagon.”
This signed check in a custom display (15″ x 25″) dates before Bruce Lee was “Kato” in the TV series “Green Hornet”. It was written shortly after his book Chinese Gung-Fu: The Philosophical Art of Self Defense came out. It was also right after a Long Beach martial arts exhibition led to a audition for a role in the pilot for “Number One Son.”
It was written the day after Christmas on Dec. 26, 1964, and was made out to Family Record Plan for $10.00. It bears the requisite cancellation perforations and bank stamps. The bold blue ballpoint signature is untouched (“9-10”). Any Bruce Lee signature is exceedingly scarce, but this one’s is extraordinary because it is from before his career really blossomed. Included with the check is a 6-1/2” x 7-1/2” black and white photo of the star in combat.
Authentication: JSA Full Letter