Burt Reynolds Art Collection and Memorabilia Sold at Auction

Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Did you know there exists an oil painting of actor Burt Reynolds and his horse? Neither did we, until we heard about the recent two-day auction of Reynolds’s life and career memorabilia. Put on by Julien’s Auctions, the event took place at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, ArtDaily reports.

Objects from the actor’s film career included a 1977 Pontiac Trans Am car from Smokey and the Bandit, which was estimated to go for $80,000 and hammered for $450,000; a pair of Bandit cowboy boots that sold for $20,000; a Stoker Ace jacket and shirt fetching almost $10,000; and a gold pocket watch given to Reynolds by Sally Field, now someone else’s for just $13,750.

Beyond holding down an acting career, Reynolds was a businessman who has owned a football team, a dinner theater, a working ranch, an art collection, and even a museum (the Burt Reynolds and Friends Museum in Jupiter, Florida).

A large part of the auction was made up of Reynolds’s art collection, which included a Harold Shelton that went for $12,500; a Fred L. Williams painting of John Wayne for $8,750; a Thomas Kinkaid for $8,125; and a James Hutchinson for $5,937. Not exactly major numbers in the grand scheme of the art market, but we imagine it’s hard for a painting to compete when there’s a vintage Trans Am in the mix.

Reynolds’ collection joins the list of celebrity memorabilia sold at auction (see “Elvis Presley’s First Recording Is Highlight of Graceland Auction” and “Madonna’s Wedding Dress Sells For $81K”).


Follow Artnet News on Facebook:


Want to stay ahead of the art world? Subscribe to our newsletter to get the breaking news, eye-opening interviews, and incisive critical takes that drive the conversation forward.
  • Access the data behind the headlines with the artnet Price Database.
Article topics

artnet and our partners use cookies to provide features on our sites and applications to improve your online experience, including for analysis of site usage, traffic measurement, and for advertising and content management. See our Privacy Policy for more information about cookies. By continuing to use our sites and applications, you agree to our use of cookies.

Subscribe or log in to read the rest of this content.

You are currently logged into this Artnet News Pro account on another device. Please log off from any other devices, and then reload this page continue. To find out if you are eligible for an Artnet News Pro group subscription, please contact [email protected]. Standard subscriptions can be purchased on the subscription page.

Log In