The 15 Most Burt Reynolds Items in the Burt Reynolds Auction
Burt Reynolds in 'Smokey and the Bandit.' Everett

On December 11 and 12 at the Palms in Las Vegas, Burt Reynolds will auction off 676 items from his personal collection, a rather remarkable catalog of arcana and excess ("It looks like a bullfighter threw up in here, doesn't it?" he once joked to a People magazine reporter who came to visit his house).

Some of the pieces up for auction inspire genuine sadness – though Burt swears he's not doing this because he's broke – some are steeped in retro kitsch and some feel almost uncomfortably personal. Together they form the pieces of a classic American story, a tale of a man who became blindingly rich and famous, who embraced opulence and macho vulgarity and good-ole-boy silliness, and then, over the course of several decades, whiled away nearly everything.

In short, it's uniquely, almost oppressively Burt. How do I know? Because I scoured the entire auction to find these, the 15 Most Burt Reynolds Items in the Burt Reynolds Auction.