Burt Reynolds has dismissed reports suggesting he’s selling off his memorabilia because he’s broke – he has just grown tired of a lot of his collected stuff.
The Deliverance star is parting ways with outfits, jewellery, movie props and art he has picked up over the years, but he insists the upcoming Julien’s Auctions sale in Las Vegas on December 14 is not being staged to help him with his finances, despite reports to the contrary.
He says, “I am simply selling some of my memorabilia that I have enjoyed for so many years but do not have use nor room for them anymore.
“Quite frankly, I am sick of so many pictures of myself in my own home.”
The items up for grabs include a canoe used in 1972 film Deliverance, numerous pairs of Western boots from Reynolds’ personal collection, his large collection of belt buckles and an 18-karat gold antique inscribed pocket watch given to the actor by his co-star and friend Sally Field.
Reynolds’ ex-wife Loni Anderson is also offering up items from her marriage to the actor as part of a Julien’s auction in Los Angeles later this week.
The highlights include her wedding dress and jewelry the movie star gave her. Anderson is also selling portraits of herself, including one “huge nude”, that her ex commissioned artists to paint.
Anderson tells Entertainment Tonight she and Reynolds agreed to “share” their memorabilia over dinner a year ago while discussing “scaling back”.