HONG KONG — Hong Kong on Wednesday said it would build a gallery in honour of Bruce Lee, the Chinese-American legend who helped make martial arts mainstream with kung fu classics like "Fists of Fury".
Lee's legions of fans have long demanded a tribute to the star, who died in 1973 at the age of 32 after setting the world alight with his dazzling fight scenes and innovative martial arts choreography.
The only memorial to the actor and director in his home town -- he was born in San Francisco but spent most of his youth in Hong Kong -- has been a statue on the Avenue of Stars in the Tsim Sha Tsui shopping district.
Fans were disappointed in June when the government said a plan to build a Bruce Lee museum in his old house was cancelled after negotiations with the property's current owner broke down.
But Chief Executive Donald Tsang announced in his annual policy address Wednesday that the government would set up a gallery in honour of the artist at the government-run Hong Kong Heritage Museum.
He gave no further details, but fans welcomed the proposal as better than nothing.
"Of course we're still hoping the government could find ways to turn his old home into a museum," Wong Yiu-keung, chairman of the Bruce Lee Fan Club in Hong Kong, told AFP.
Long after Lee's death, his old home was turned into a hotel that was rented for as little as US$25 an hour, usually to amorous couples.
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Saturday, January 15, 2011
MONTEGRAPPA PAYS HOMAGE TO THE LEGENDARY BRUCE LEE
--Second Pen in the “Icons” Series Commemorates the 70th Birthday of the Martial Arts Marvel--
LOS ANGELES (January 11, 2011) - Montegrappa, Italy’s most revered manufacturer of fine writing instruments, today announced a second addition to the company’s “Icons” series of writing instruments which pay tribute to cultural giants in which their character and achievements lifted them to global awareness. The newest pen in the series honors legendary martial arts expert and actor, Bruce Lee.
To commemorate the 70th birthday of Bruce Lee, Montegrappa will introduce a re-interpretation of one of the company’s most coveted pens, “The Dragon.” Montegrappa first produced the original “Dragon” 15 years ago in 1,912 pieces to celebrate its founding year. It was produced in black mother-of-pearl celluloid and sterling silver. Only 100 fountain pens were issued in 18K gold. The fountain pen had a piston filling system, and was available with nibs in six widths. These pens can now be found solely – and rarely – in collecting circles.
“The Dragon 2010 Bruce Lee” limited edition series has been distinguished from the 1995 release by a change in the design of the pocket clip, a new color, the detail of the Dragon’s tail on the pen barrel, the fountain pen nib and the top of the cap. The pen also features a body and cap made of red celluloid with black veining, referred to as “cinnamon.” Topping the cap is the immortal yin-yang symbol, representing balance. The cap and the barrel are both embraced by exquisitely carved dragons, their eyes highlighted by rubies on the sterling silver version and by matching precious stones on the fully-encrusted versions. The nib itself features the profile of Bruce Lee in a famous move - foot and fist extended, suspended in air.
Montegrappa will produce a total of 2010 pieces, consisting of the following:
* 888 sterling silver fountain pens
* 888 sterling silver roller balls
* 88 solid yellow gold fountain pens
* 88 solid yellow gold roller balls
* 8 fountain pens in solid yellow gold with black diamonds
* 8 roller balls in solid yellow gold with black diamonds
* 8 fountain pens in solid yellow gold with rubies
* 8 roller balls in solid yellow gold with rubies
* 8 fountain pens in solid yellow gold with emeralds
* 8 roller balls in solid yellow gold with emeralds
Offered in addition to the 2000 individual pens listed above will be 10 ultra-rare, three-piece sets consisting of fountain pen, roller ball and inkwell in solid gold with white diamonds.
“Bruce Lee truly embodies the fascinating and symbolic Dragon figure which Monetgrappa has skillfully interpreted into one of the world’s finest writing instruments. We are pleased to honor Bruce Lee in Montegrappa’s ‘Icons’ series in order to pay tribute to the global influence and acclaimed work of this legendary athlete and actor,” said Giuseppe Aquila, CEO of Montegrappa.
The first pen in the “Icons” series was dedicated to legendary boxer, Muhammad Ali. Prices for “The Dragon 2010 Bruce Lee” limited edition series range from $4,675 to $102,200 with the ultra-rare, three-piece set retailing at $290,550.
Since 1912, Montegrappa has been manufacturing high-quality writing instruments in the same historic building in Bassano del Grappa, North East Italy. Please visit www.montegrappa.com to learn more about Montegrappa’s hand-crafted fine pens and authorized U.S. retailer locations.