Michael Caine selling paintings and memorabilia from his personal collection


ir Michael Caine sells memorabilia from his film career and paintings from his personal collection as he moves to a new home.

The 88-year-old Oscar-winning actor and his wife Shakira have put up for sale movie posters, furniture, including his desk, and artwork by Marc Chagall and LS Lowry at the Bonhams auction house.

His Rolex wristwatch is estimated at £ 12,000, while two pairs of his famous glasses, sold together, could fetch £ 1,200.

A director’s chair from the 1971 crime film Get Carter, in which Sir Michael played gangster Jack Carter, has a top estimate of £ 1,200.

A Rolex watch belonging to Sir Michael Caine

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Other items from his seven-decade screen career featured in the sale include a film poster for the 1966 romantic comedy Alfie (£ 500- £ 800), which earned him an Oscar nomination for the best actor, and a two-part poster for Zulu made for the Italian market (£ 1,500 to £ 2,000).

From his art collection, Sir Michael is selling LS Lowry’s Peel Park, a black chalk and pastel piece from 1920, valued at £ 18,000.

Marc Chagall’s Lovers In The Tree, meanwhile, could sell for up to £ 50,000.

Two pairs of famous Caine eyeglasses

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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.”

Sir Michael last year dismissed reports that he had retired from acting after saying in an interview that the best-selling comedy-drama would be his “last film”.

Bonhams Home Sales and Iconic Collections 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.”

Lincoln Townley’s portrait of Sir Michael is also set to be sold, with a top estimate of £ 15,000, with the proceeds going to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).

Sir Peter Wanless, Managing Director of the charity, said: “Sir Michael Caine is a former patron and longtime 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.

“We also thank artist Lincoln Townley and Bonhams for waiving their seller’s commission for this upcoming auction.

“Fingers crossed, the painting is being sold at a price befitting Sir Michael’s considerable talents and generosity.”

– Sir Michael Caine: The Personal Collection will take place in Bonhams on Wednesday March 2.


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