Got $40K? You Could Own the Life of Pi Lifeboat

Tiger not included in the Gilt Groupe sale of movie props

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Usually subscribers to daily-deals site Gilt.com are offered good prices on items like cashmere scarves, fancy kitchen utensils or resort vacations. Today, however, the Gilt Home section of the site had something very different on offer: those who subscribe to its daily email list were notified of a sale on souvenirs from the movie Life of Pi, out Nov. 21, including the actual lifeboat in which Pi spends most of the story.

The boat is more than 25 feet long and costs $40,000. Movie fans with less money or space could opt for a selection of furniture used on set, signed movie posters and costumes and jewelry worn by the actors. Plus, if you ever wanted to spend $3,400 on a faux turtle shell used by a movie character as a plate, now’s your chance!

(MORE: Richard Corliss reviews Life of Pi)

The lucky buyer won’t just have to find somewhere to put a valuable lifeboat (or faux turtle shell, of course): he or she will also be doing good deed. The profits from the sale will go to the Orangutan Foundation International, an orangutan-assistance charity chosen by director Ang Lee after he visited the Los Angeles-based organization while doing research for the movie. This isn’t the first time Gilt has done a similar pop-culture-based sale; past memorabilia collections have included a Midnight in Paris sale and a sale of items from the TV show Revenge.

But even if Life of Pi fans want to act fast, they better think hard: the boat is final sale and non-returnable, and it won’t be delivered until March. The shipping may be cheap (only about $8 to New York City) but the taxes, again taking New York as a sample, could clock out at more than $3,000. Plus, it comes as is—so it’s a good thing 3D CGI tiger-claw scratches aren’t real.

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