NEW YORK–Props from the upcoming movie “Life of Pi”—including the lifeboat—are part of a three-day sale that launched today on Gilt Home’s website. The movie, which opens in theaters on Wednesday, Nov. 21 and is directed by Ang Lee, follows the fictional journey of an Indian boy named Pi as he is lost at sea for 227 days on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger.
Besides the actual 25-foot lifeboat (selling for $40,000), the sale includes a prayer rug ($2,800), a turtle shell ($3,400) Pi uses as a plate while at sea, furniture from the adult Pi’s home such as a sofa chair ($6,800), saris and jewelry worn by characters throughout the movie and movie posters and The Making of Life of Pi books signed by Lee.
Lee has chosen to donate the proceeds from the props to Orangutan Foundation International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of wild orangutans and their rainforest habitat, with which he did research for the film. The movie is based on the best-selling book by Yann Martel.