Iconic Memorabilia from the Man Who Brought Us “Deliverance,” “Smokey and the Bandit,” “The Longest Yard,” “Boogie Nights” “Evening Shade” and More
Career Memorabilia and Museum Caliber Private Collection Featured
Thursday, December 11th and Friday, December, 12th, 2014
At Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas!
Beverly Hills, California – (November 20, 2014) – Julien’s Auctions, the auction house to the stars, announced The Collection of Award Winning Actor Burt Reynolds, an exciting auction event featuring personal effects, career memorabilia, and a museum-caliber fine art collection. The single owner sale will take place at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on Thursday, December 11th and Friday December 12th, 2014 beginning at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time.
Burt Reynolds, best known as a leading film star, has had a storied career both on the big and small screens. Aside from his award winning portrayals of some of the world’s most iconic characters in film and television, Reynolds is also a businessman who has owned a football team, a dinner theatre, a working ranch and even a museum.
His brilliant acting career spans over six decades beginning with
Reynolds’ major breakthrough film role was in the 1972 film “Deliverance” which established him as both a star and a serious actor. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s Reynolds remained one of Hollywood’s most sought-after superstars and to this day is revered and honored amongst his peers. Other memorable films starring Burt Reynolds included “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” and “Starting Over.” He also won an Emmy Award in 1991 and a Golden Globe in 1992 for the popular television sitcom “Evening Shade” in which he starred.
In the mid-1990s his role as a shady congressman in the film “Striptease” earned him widespread notice within the industry. The following year he was cast in “Boogie Nights,” for which he won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe Award. He also starred in “Mystery, Alaska” in 1999. In 2001, Reynolds starred in the thriller “Tempted” and in the charming love story “Snapshots” in 2002. He continues to act in feature films to this day such as the touching family story “Hamlet and Hutch” and the hurricane-themed movie “Category 5”recently filmed in Mississippi.
his breakout role on the hit 1960’s CBS-TV show “Gunsmoke” and including his leading roles in the films “The Longest Yard,” “Smokey and the Bandit,” “Stroke Ace,” “Boogie Nights,” “Striptease” and who can forget, “Deliverance.”
His television roles have also earned him accolades, including “B.L. Stryker” and “Evening Shade.” During the 1970s and 1980s, Reynolds was the ultimate movie star sex symbol with his outrageous good looks, enigmatic charm, dramatic roles and his memorable photo as Cosmopolitan Magazine’s first nude male centerfold. He was also a regular on the talk show circuit.
Memorabilia from The Collection of Burt Reynolds include cherished items from both his career and personal life including clothing, stage costumes, Western memorabilia including firearms, fine and decorative art, film and television props and memorabilia, vehicles and more.
Highlights of the auction will include museum quality paintings and sculptures from Western artists such as James Bama’s “Dede Fales, Camp Cook” (Estimate: $20,000-$30,000), Joe Beeler’s “The Older” (Estimate: $6,000-$8,000), a monumental “Horse and Rider” sculpture by Manuel Carbonell (Estimate: $150,000-$250,000), Frank McCarthy’s “The Pursuit” (Estimate: $8,000-$10,000), and Olaf Wieghorst’s “No Charge for the Clouds” (Estimate: $8,000-$10,000). Other pieces of art represented in the collection include a marine landscape from John Stobart (Estimate: $15,000-$20,000) and a landscape from the Chinese artist Chen Chi (Estimate: $15,000-$20,000).
Also featured are numerous handcrafted items from the celebrated Edward H. Bohlin Company, of which Burt Reynolds was a part owner in the early 1990’s. Included are two spectacular sterling mounted parade saddles, “Big Burt” (Estimate: $25,000-$35,000) and another custom saddle made for Reynolds with elaborate Horse head conchas (Estimate: $30,000-$40,000). There are other smaller Bohlin leather and sterling items such as the monogrammed and silver tipped leather script holder (Estimate: $2,500-$3,500) and a sterling diamond pattern belt with a “BR” monogrammed buckle (Estimate: $1,800-$2,500) along with a variety of holsters and gun belts, many of them monogrammed.
Clothing and accessories highlights include a Nudie’s suit (Estimate: $1,000-$2,000), numerous pairs of western boots from Reynolds’ personal collection (Various Estimates: $600-$800) and a pair of boots screen worn in “Striptease” (Estimate: $300-$500). A large collection of belt buckles by the celebrated Western designers Bohlin, Nudie’s and Al Shelton will also be offered (Estimates ranging from $300-$1,800) and a performance worn hat from “Cat Dancing” (Estimate: $200-$300).
Featured jewelry includes an 18K gold antique inscribed pocket watch given to Reynolds by Sally Field, and two Rolex wristwatches.
Burt Reynolds the football star, Western hero, film and TV icon, driving enthusiast, and ladies’ man has collected awards and memorabilia from all phases of his long career. Highlights will include a red jacket worn in “Smokey and the Bandit II” (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000), a multitude of awards including numerous People’s Choice awards (Estimate: $400-$600), inscribed letters and photographs from his cinematic friends such as Jimmy Stewart (Estimate: $400-$600), Dom DeLuise (Estimate: $500-$700) and Elizabeth Taylor (Estimate: $500-$700). Memorabilia from major sports figures include signed boxing gloves from Muhammad Ali (Estimate: $400-$600), a signed and inscribed baseball from Mickey Mantle (Estimate: $300-$500), and a Hall of Fame induction Football from Walter Payton (Estimate: $300-$500).
As an added attraction to the auction event, Julien’s Auctions will also be offering vehicles from the Collection of Burt Reynolds. They include a 1997 Dodge Ram pickup truck customized with a portrait of Burt Reynolds as “The Bandit” (Estimate: $8,000-$10,000), a red and white “BR” Ranch monogrammed surrey carriage gifted by Dolly Parton (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000), and the Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson motorized Wedding Stagecoach built in 1979 (Estimate: $40,000-$60,000).
Burt Reynolds remains the quintessential movie star, a legend of both the big and small screen and a romantic leading man whose charm, dashing good looks and perpetual affection for the ladies has earned him an important place in Hollywood history.
All of the property in the auction will be featured in a full color limited edition catalogue available for purchase at www.juliensauctions.com.