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Reynolds auctions off memorabilia

Burt Reynolds has put more than 600 items from his acting career up for auction.

The Boogie Nights star was one of the world's highest-paid actors in the 1970s, but by the 1990s he was facing debts of £6 million and has been struggling to sell his £2 million Florida mansion which he bought with his ex-wife, which includes its own dock, cinema and hair salon, according to the Daily Mirror.

Burt is said to owe more than £800,000 on its mortgage and so has organised the auction at the Palm Casino Hotel in Las Vegas, where fans can buy items such as his Boogie Nights Golden Globe and his red jacket from Smokey And The Bandit.

Other items up for sale include a football helmet from The Longest Yard, and a pair of monogrammed boots from Striptease.

In the auction catalogue foreword, Burt wrote: "I've collected so many things that I truly adore but at this stage in my life I find it very difficult to manage them all.

"The fact of the matter is that it truly is the time to downsize and for these items that I have loved over the years find new homes where they can be cared for and appreciated."

The 78-year-old, who went into rehab in 2009 and had quintuple heart bypass surgery in 2010, is also publishing his tell-all memoirs next year which will reveal details of his love affairs with Dolly Parton and other A-list stars.

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