The One Show: Michael Caine swears live on-air
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Sir Michael Caine, 88, is selling some of his treasured possessions and mementos from his decades-long film career to make room as he downsizes to a new home with his wife Shakira, 74.
The Oscar-winner said: “It’s going to be quite a wrench to part with so many treasured parts of my life and career, but it’s the right time to be moving on.
“I hope these mementos will give their new owners as much pleasure as they have given us.”
Sir Michael’s Rolex wristwatch is estimated to sell for as much as £12,000 and two pairs of his famous glasses could fetch up to £1,200.
A director’s chair, from the 1971 crime film Get Carter, has an upper estimate of £1,200.
A poster for the 1966 romantic comedy Alfie is predicted to sell for £500-£800 and one for his breakthrough film, Zulu, could make between £1,500 and £2,000.
From his private art collection, Sir Michael will be auctioning Les Amoureux Dans L’Arbre by Marc Chagall, which could sell for as much as £50,000.
A portrait of the actor by Lincoln Townley is estimated to sell for £10,000- £15,000 and all proceeds raised from it will go to the NSPCC.
Sir Peter Wanless, chief executive of the charity, said: “Sir Michael Caine is a former patron and long standing supporter of the NSPCC.
“We are touched and extremely grateful he has chosen to donate all the proceeds raised from the sale of this fantastic portrait of him to such an important cause.
“We also thank the artist, Lincoln Townley, and Bonhams for waiving their vendor’s commission from this upcoming auction.
“Fingers crossed the painting is sold for a price that is befitting of Sir Michael’s considerable talents and generosity.”
Bonhams’ director of house sales and iconic collections, Charlie Thomas says he is very excited about the collection.
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Mr Thomas explained: “Sir Michael Caine is a cinema legend internationally and a national treasure here in the UK.
“I know the Sir Michael Caine Collection sale will excite great interest among collectors and film fans alike.”
Last year, Sir Michael dismissed reports he had retired from acting, after he said in an interview that comedy-drama Best Sellers would be his “last film”.
He has appeared in more than 130 films during a career including Zulu, Alfie, The Italian Job, Inception and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy.
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