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.