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.