Here are the 12 Weirdest Items From the Burt Reynolds Estate Sale, Ranked From Badass to Just Bad
From his sexy, sexy pajamas to props from 'Friends' to some actual (terrifying) art, the sale captures the actor’s ups and downs.
In the mid-1970s, Burt Reynolds was at the peak of his powers. Coming off star-making turns in flicks like Deliverance and Smokey and the Bandit, and an infamous Cosmopolitan photo shoot that launched the male centerfold, he was one of the biggest celebrities in the world. By the time the actor passed away from a heart attack last year, though, his reputation wasn’t quite as glowing. He was recognized in Hollywood as being grumpy and difficult to work with, and his late-career reel was made up of mostly B- and C-level films.
The man had lived many lives by that point, though. Who knew, for instance, that his role in the straight-to-streaming Art Basel-inspired movie Miami Love Affair was informed by his own past as a painter? Or that he adopted an injured turtle?
A sale of property from the late actor’s estates, which goes live at Juliens Auctions this weekend, reveals the many sides of the man behind the mustache. And like his career, there’s a healthy mix here of badass and just plain bad.
We combed through the 400-page catalog of the Reynolds sale and pulled out our favorite items. See our list below and find out where each object falls on our “badass-to-just bad” spectrum.
Custom-Made Trans-Am Office Desk
Breakdown: Reynolds’s famous black Trans-Am from Smokey and the Bandit turned into an office desk, complete with his signature on the bottom drawer.
Verdict: This is an easy one: Badass, Burt.
Breakdown: Oh what could have been. If only Burt had completed these “unfinished artworks.” He was clearly on to something. Just look at the expressionistic use of color and sensual detail in the gun. (If the price for the finished works is a little rich for your blood, you can always buy the master’s sketchbooks.)
Verdict: Just bad.
Over-Sized Sock Monkey
Breakdown: Surely this pedestrian sock monkey must have more going for it than “was once owned by Burt Reynolds,” right? And sure enough, it does: “A classic one but really big!”, the description explains.
Verdict: Just bad.
Monogrammed Silk Pajamas
Breakdown: A set of burgundy-colored silk pajamas with a “BR” monogrammed on the chest in gold Lamé. The “Cosmopolitan Man” even made bedtime sexy.
Verdict: Badass for sure.
Signed License to Carry Concealed Pistol, Revolver or Other Firearm
Breakdown: The Bandit’s very own firearm permit for his Colt Cobra .38. The reason for the license? “Protection against threats.”
Verdict: Badass? But in an unsettling kind of way, because—what kind of person would buy this?
Burt Reynolds Oil Portrait
Breakdown: A 64 by 60 inch oil-on-canvas portrait of Reynolds from 1984. While the moodiness of the piece is interesting, Burt also kind of looks like the Thing from Fantastic Four.
Verdict: Just bad.
“Dolly Duck” Painting
Breakdown: A brazenly topless Disney duck, smoking (possibly post-coitus?), painted by artist Benjamin Britt in 1975. Um…
Verdict: So bad. Come on, Burt. You were better than this.
Cowboy Painting and Photograph
Breakdown: A truly magnificent oil-on-canvas painting of a shirtless Reynolds horseback riding with an adorable dog. The best part? It’s based on a photo (also included in the lot). He really did this!
Breakdown: A replica of the gold frame from Monica’s apartment door in FRIENDS, plus a 2003 script from the show. A little weird, sure, especially since Reynolds had nothing to do with the show. But who among us doesn’t have a soft spot for Chandler, Phoebe, et al.?
Verdict: Fuck it: badass. We get it.
“Funny Wall Hanging”
Breakdown: A papier-mâché sculpture of an unknown figure mooning onlookers, titled—and this is the hilarious part—“Blue Moon.”
Verdict: Just bad. Why would anyone own this?
Turtle Adoption Paperwork
Breakdown: Apparently Burt Reynolds adopted an injured sea turtle found on a shore near his Florida home. He named it “Burt Reynolds”!
Verdict: *Wipes tears away from eyes: Badass. (Though we dock him points for missing the opportunity to call the little guy “Turt Reynolds,” which seems obvious.)
Breakdown: A bust of Burt made entirely from pipe cleaners. It was given to the actor from an unknown organization for being 1981’s “Hero of Young America.” Whatever that means.
Consensus: On one hand, good for Reynolds for being an ally to “Young America.” On the other hand, the award is… extremely frightening. This one’s a toss-up.
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