The Deliverance Canoe is For Sale

Your chance to own a piece of history is now

The 'Deliverance Canoe' will be auctioned Tuesday Sept. 10.

The ‘Deliverance Canoe’ will be auctioned Tuesday Sept. 10.

UPDATE: SOLD! To the man in the sleeveless wetsuit, for $3,000. –Eds.

A wood and canvas Old Town canoe used in the most iconic paddling movie of all time goes on the auction block next Tuesday. The weathered green canoe has hung in the restaurant of the Clarion Hotel in Fremont, Neb., for 13 years. The hotel is now going out of business, and as they say on late-night television, “Everything must go!”

Nebraska auctioneers Jack Nitz and Associates will drop the gavel on the Deliverance Canoe on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Online bidding has already begun.

The canoe comes with a certificate of authenticity from Ellis Prop House in Hollywood, which sold the boat when it went out of business in 2000.

It’s not clear what role this particular canoe played in the production of the 1972 cult classic. A similar green Old Town was sawed in half for the climactic whitewater scene, in which the canoe breaks in half and Burt Reynolds takes a header into the Chattooga River.

Nitz wouldn’t venture a guess as to what the historic canoe would sell for. “Typically, movie props tend to bring some decent money,” he told the Fremont Tribune. “But there’s no speculation as to what it might bring.” At noon Wednesday, the online bidding was at $250.

For more information on the auction, visit www.nitzauctions.com.

Posters and a Certificate of Authenticity come with the canoe.

Posters and a Certificate of Authenticity come with the canoe.

If you lose the canoe, bid for the bear. Also on auction: Kegerators

If you lose the canoe, bid for the bear. Also on auction: Kegerators

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  • Woodencanoe

    This old Old Town appears to be missing it’s green canvas! So it won’t float anymore unless someone is into a complete restoration. It also appears that there is some damage to decking on the bow and who knows what else. Check out the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association website for lots of information on these treasures. There are wood and canvas canoes that are over 100 years old that are still being used to this day.

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