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Got $49,000 to spare? Buy the 'Life of Pi' lifeboat

By Piya Sinha-Roy (Reuters)Movies - 22 November 2012 6:19 PM | Updated 6:38 PM

Got $49,000 to spare? Buy the 'Life of Pi' lifeboat

'Life of Pi' is yet to hit movie theaters, but fans can already buy the film's trusty lifeboat that becomes home to a young Indian boy shipwrecked with a tiger.

U.S. online retailer Gilt Groupe said that the lifeboat, replicated from real rafts used between the 1920s and 1950s, is among props from the movie up for sale.

The lifeboat is priced at US$40,000 (S$49,000) in the sale which started on 19 November. Proceeds will go towards the Orangutan Foundation International, in recognition of one of the other animals who initially survives with title character Pi in the film.

'Life of Pi' is based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martel, directed by Ang Lee and stars newcomer Suraj Sharma. It opens here on 29 November 2012.

Other items up for sale include movie posters signed by Lee, a collection of vibrant saris, and other props valued between $140 and more than $6,000.