Break out the dueling banjos.
A canoe used in the movie “Deliverance” is going on auction Sept. 10, part of the liquidation of assets of the Clarion Inn in Fremont, Neb.
Director John Boorman's 1972 movie centered on outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock (Burt Reynolds), who takes his friends (Jon Voight, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox) on a river-rafting trip they'll never forget. The backcountry proves more dangerous than anticipated.
The hit movie snagged Oscar nominations for best picture, director and editing.
The canoe has been on display in the bar-restaurant area of the motel for some time, suspended from the ceiling, said Jay Nitz of the Fremont auction firm Jack Nitz and Associates. Included is a certificate of authenticity from Ellis Prop House in Hollywood, which went out of business and sold all its movie props in 2000. That's the year on the authenticity certificate.
Nitz said the Clarion Inn changed hands several times since 2000, and it's unclear who purchased the wooden canoe and brought it to Fremont.
People can bid on the canoe, which Nitz estimated to be 10 to 12 feet long, ahead of the auction date by visiting proxibid.com, Nitz said. The auction starts at 9 a.m. Sept. 10 at the 100-room motel, 1220 E. 23rd St., and people there will have the opportunity to bid over the top online offers.