Monday, 6 August 2007
Bruce Lee Car licence plate sells for US$5,100
A Bruce Lee fan has splashed out 40,000 Hong Kong dollars (5,100 US dollars) on a car licence plate bearing the name of the legendary martial arts film star, local media reported Sunday.The "BRUCELEE" licence plate was sold at an auction by the Hong Kong transport department, the Sunday Morning Post reported.The bidder said he would have paid up to one million Hong Kong dollars for the plate, but would consult with Lee's widow before deciding what to do with it, according to the report."When I studied in Britain, I saw that foreigners only knew Bruce Lee and chairman Mao Zedong," the man, identified only as Mr Wong, said after Saturday's auction."Bruce Lee was great and he contributed a lot to China. He has influenced people from a few generations and his influence can still be felt today."Lee was born in the United States but his fame grew from Hong Kong where he made movies including "Fist of Fury" on his way to worldwide superstardom.The actor, who died at the age of 32 on July 20, 1973, helped to popularise martial arts in the West and opened the door to Hollywood fame for other Asian stars such as Jackie Chan and Jet Li.