Lot 649: 18k Gold Pocket Watch Gifted by Sally Field
Inscription: To Burt Love Sally 2-11-81…Not just for an hour, Not just for a day, Not just for a year, but for always…Will you marry me?
In 1972, the year Deliverance came out, Reynolds posed in the nude for Cosmopolitan; it helped launch Playgirl magazine and it elevated Burt into a sex symbol, a reputation he played off through those People's Choice years by dating a veritable who's who of Hollywood in 1970’s.
The list of women he’s been linked includes actresses (Catherine Deneuve) and tennis players (Chris Evert) and models (Mamie Van Doren) and singers (Tammy Wynette) and talk-show hosts (Dinah Shore, who was 19 years his senior), but Sally Field, he admitted in 2012, was the love of his life. Burt asked her to marry him at the wrong time; then she did the same, presumably on the back cover of this watch, which makes it a metaphor, a timepiece weighted with the regrets of the past.