Burt Reynolds memorabilia brings $2.5m in Las Vegas

An auction of artwork, memorabilia and personal items from the collection of actor Burt Reynolds has drawn a packed house in Las Vegas.

The December 11-12 sale, hosted by Julien's, was a celebration of the Hollywood star's career on the big and small screens, and achieved a total of $2.5m.

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$450,000 worth of car - identical to the one Reynolds drove in Smokey and the Bandit

"Burt Reynolds is a legend who is loved all over the world," said Darren Julien, president and CEO of Julien's Auctions.

"His collection which was full of iconic pieces of career memorabilia and personal items once again proves to be a solid investment with bidders who attended the auction from every corner of the globe this week."

Leading the auction were items relating to Reynolds' most iconic role as 'The Bandit'. His personally owned Smokey and the Bandit Trans Am car, identical to the model driven in the film, sold for $450,000, followed by his screen-worn 'Bandit' jacket which sold for $34,375, and a pair of 'Bandit' Burt Reynolds cowboy boots which brought $20,000.

Further top prices were realised by his 1998 Golden Globe Award which sold for $21,250, and a 1990-1991 Emmy Award which made $28,125.

Away from movie memorabilia, there were notable results for Western artworks and sculptures from Reynolds' extensive collection. A pair of unique custom-made Bohlin saddles sold for $43,750 and $46,875, respectively, whilst a Harold Shelton painting entitled Real Dogs sold for $12,500.

"Many people know Burt Reynolds as the iconic superstar of film and television but what is equally impressive is his fine taste in art and sculptures," said Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien's Auctions.

"It was such a privilege to spend time with Burt in curating this collection and this auction is an accolade to the world."

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