Exactly how he came to own it — and whether he ever actually wore it — the world will never know. But on June 15 and 16, Burt Reynolds’ Cannonball Run belt buckle will be up for grabs, along with truckloads of other knickknacks, paintings, garments, gadgets and assorted belongings (873 lots in all) at a Beverly Hills auctioin executed by Culver City-based Julien’s.
“Burt had a phenomenal collection of memorabilia from his life and career,” says director Adam Rifkin, who cast the ’80s icon in his last film, 2018’s The Last Movie Star; the two became close friends before Burt’s death, in September. “His house in Florida had an entire room full of it — scripts, costumes, props. The vibe I got was that each of these mementos was a memory from a movie or a day on a movie set. He took it all very seriously, and he had just the coolest stuff.”
Among the items on the block: the CB radio Reynolds used while making Smokey and the Bandit 2 (estimated to go for as much as $4,000) as well as a 1979 Trans Am exactly like the one he drove in the film ($500,000). “It only has about 70,000 miles on it,” notes Gene Kennedy, a Florida friend and fellow car collector who helped Reynolds restore the ride. “We drove all the way out to Las Vegas and back. It runs really good.”
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