There are celebrities we admire and actors we like to watch perform and sports figures we root for and famous people we think of with fondness.
And then there are those legends that inspire the spirit of emulation among fans. This top-tier strata of celebrity only contains a few major names, and near the top? Bruce Lee.
How many kids, and adults for that matter, signed up for their first martial arts class, or saw their first foreign film, because of the gifted big-screen star? And how many stars can say they've inspired people beyond the cinema's front door?
Mr. Lee, who passed away in 1973 at the age of 32, was that inspiration, and continues to be. Which means that a major auction of memorabilia and items once owned by the performer will be an all-around hot ticket.
And so it is. Nate D. Sanders, a Westside auction house, is helming the lots, which include a pair of leather ankle weights, a suede suit Mr. Lee wore during an interview, boxing gloves, and a medicine ball. Artifacts of the era, like white leather shoes, are also up for bid.
And those bids are indeed hot: A custom-made roman chair had a high bid of $9,503 at the time of this typing (minimum bid is $2,500).
The Bruce Lee memorabilia auction is open through Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. PST.