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You may soon be able to own American-Chinese kung fu legend and fast food mascot Bruce Lee’s former Kowloon residence for the low, low price of HK$180 million.
90-year-old billionaire Yu Panglin had intended to turn the mansion into a museum dedicated to the martial arts star, but has announced that he is “no longer considering (the museum plan) since the government is not supportive”.
Lee’s legions of fans have long-demanded a significant hometown tribute to the Chinese-American star, who died in 1973 at the age of 32 after helping to bring martial arts to the mainstream with classic kung fu films such as Fists of Fury and Enter the Dragon.
However, they were left disappointed after the government shelved the museum plan in June last year, saying it failed to reach a consensus with Yu following two years of negotiations, without giving details.
Yu told the newspaper the government rejected his proposal to expand the mansion – Lee’s last residence – by adding three floors to include a cinema, library and martial arts training centre, which were his conditions to donate the property.
Commonly referred to as “Hong Kong’s favourite son”, Lee died in Kowloon in 1973 aged just 32 of acute cerebral edema arising from an allergic reaction to medication.
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