Comedian Carl Reiner’s Estate Property Set for Auction

by Josh Lanier

Items that belonged to comedian Carl Reiner will go up for auction next month. The pioneering writer, actor, director, and producer died of natural causes this summer. He was 98.

Some of the items up for grabs include a signed letter from Bill Clinton, several awards, a bamboo loveseat that was inside his home, and many personal items, The Hollywood Reporter noted. Auctioneers will also sell off scripts Reiner kept from his time on The Dick Van Dyke Show. Reiner played Alan Brady in the beloved television classic. He won seven Emmys for writing, acting, and producing The Dick Van Dyke Show during the show’s five seasons. Reiner won 11 Emmys during his career.

Collectors can also buy his scripts for Ocean’s 11 trilogy, THR reported.

“Carl Reiner was a giant among giants among whose many achievements in his illustrious life and career revolutionized comedy as an art form,” said Martin Nolan, executive director/CFO of Julien’s Auctions in a statement. “We are honored to offer these private materials and personal items from his estate that showcase his virtuosity and why he was one of the great comedic talents of all time.”

Carl Reiner Dedicated His Life to Making People Laugh

Reiner started in show business as a serious actor but found out he was happier making people laugh. He began performing stand-up and in 1950, Sid Caesar hired him as a writer/performer for his sketch show Your Show of Shows, NPR wrote.

Reiner joined what would be one of the most iconic writers’ rooms in the history of television. Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, and Woody Allen all worked there. Reiner considered working alongside Caesar on Your Show of Shows as a sort of comedy college.

“Being a second banana to such a massive first banana…wasn’t a comedown at all for me,” said Reiner. “I realized I was working with the best.”

Mel Brooks became a lifelong friend and collaborator to Reiner. They won a Grammy together for their album “The 2000 Year Old Man.” The act consists of a reporter (Reiner) interviewing a 2,000-year-old man (Brooks) on his life and longevity.

Brooks gets the laughs in the bit, but he gives credit for its success to Reiner.

“The real engine behind (‘The 2000 Year Old Man’) is Carl, not me. I’m just collecting the fares,” he told the A.V. Club. “People should know that he’s the most important one in the act.”

Reiner wrote that he was happiest when he could make people laugh.

“Inviting people to laugh with you while you are laughing at yourself is a good thing to do,” he wrote in In My Anecdotal Life, one of his memoirs. “You may be a fool, but you’re the fool in charge.”

Carl Reiner had three children. His oldest, Rob Reiner, followed in his father’s footsteps as a comedian, writer, and filmmaker.