The auctioneers have said Sir Michael Caine and his wife are auctioning off some of their precious possessions as they downsize.
Sir Michael Caine has a sale – and few people knew that.
Sir Michael has started to ‘take life at a more leisurely pace’, according to the auctioneers, so he and his wife, Lady Caine, are downsizing and putting some of their valuables up for auction.
The sale, which is expected to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds, contains a selection of items reflecting the breadth of Sir Michael’s career, ranging from movie posters for films like Zulu and Alfie, furniture including his own desk and even a pair of his iconic glasses (estimate: £ 800-1200).
There are also works of art there, such as Les Amoureux dans l’école by Marc Chagall (estimate £ 30,000-50,000).
Sir Michael said: “It’s going to be quite difficult to part with so many precious parts of my life and career, but now is the right time to move on. I hope these memories give their new owners as much pleasure as they gave us.
Other items fans can purchase include a 1970 Tony Award autograph page and medallion, framed and signed by Michael Caine, Julie Andrews, Mia Farrow, Barbra Streisand, James Stewart and Maggie Smith (estimate: 1 000 to 1,500 £).
A director’s chair for Michael Caine from the 1971 movie Get Carter is also on sale. Estimate: £ 800-1,200.
A black chalk and pastel work by LS Lowry from 1920 titled Peel Park is estimated at £ 18,000.
Proceeds from Lincoln Townley’s A Portrait of Sir Michael Caine will go to the NSPCC (estimate £ 10,000-15,000).
Sir Peter Wanless, CEO of the NSPCC, said: “Sir Michael Caine is a former patron and long-time supporter of the NSPCC. We are touched and extremely grateful that he chose to donate all proceeds from the sale of this fantastic portrait of himself to such an important cause. “
The collection of items, called Sir Michael Caine: The Personal Collection, will be sold at Bonhams on Wednesday March 2.
Bonhams Iconic Homes and Collections Sales Director Charlie Thomas said: “Sir Michael Caine is an international film legend and a national treasure here in the UK. I know that the sale of the Sir Michael Caine collection will generate great interest among collectors and moviegoers.
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Sir Michael, 88, has appeared in more than 130 films over a six-decade career and won a Golden Globe for his role in Educating Rita and an Oscar for his performance in Hannah and Her Sisters Woody Allen.
Speaking in May last year, Sir Michael spoke of how he changed his lifestyle and cut back on his alcohol intake to try and live longer and spend more time with his grandchildren.
He said: “I have decided to live a little longer. I have reduced my alcohol consumption and have a new outlook on life. I thought I wasn’t going to have grandchildren, and suddenly I have three.
“They are my fountain of youth and they have given me a whole new life without any worries or problems. I am completely crazy and so is my wife.
“I had some highlights in my life – I won two Oscars and was named a knight, and I thought you couldn’t get better than that. But you can, because then I had my grandchildren, which is better than anything. What’s wonderful about grandchildren is something someone once said which is they fill a hole in your heart that you didn’t know was empty. . And I think it’s absolutely true.
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