Michael Caine sells paintings and memorabilia from seven decades of careers


Sir Michael Caine sells memorabilia from his film career and paintings from his personal collection as he downsizes with a new home.

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

Caine’s Rolex wristwatch is valued at up to £ 12,000 ($ 16,000), while two pairs of his famous glasses sold together could fetch up to £ 1,200.

A director’s chair from the 1971 crime film Get Carter, in which Caine played as gangster Jack Carter, has an upper estimate of £ 1,200 ($ 1,600).

Other items from his seven-decade film career include a poster for the 1966 film Alfie (£ 500-800) which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and a two-part poster for Zulu made for the Italian market (£ 1,500-2,000).

Caine sells out his art collection Peel Park by LS Lowry, a 1920 black chalk and pastel work with a top estimate of £ 18,000.

Les Amoureux Dans L’Arbre by Marc Chagall, meanwhile, has sold for up to £ 50,000.

“It will be quite an effort to part with so many precious parts of my life and career, but the time is right to move on,” said Caine.

“I hope these memorabilia will delight new owners as much as we do.”

Last year, he rejected reports that he retired from acting after saying in an interview that comedy-drama was bestseller would be his “last film”.

“Sir Michael Caine is a global movie legend and a national treasure here in the UK,” said Charlie Thomas, Bonhams’ director of home sales and collections.

“I know the sale of the Sir Michael Caine Collection will generate a lot of interest from collectors and movie fans alike.”

Lincoln Townley’s portrait of Sir Michael is also due for sale, with an upper estimate of £ 15,000. The proceeds will go to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

“Sir Michael Caine is a past patron and long-time supporter of the NSPCC,” said Sir Peter Wanless, director of the charity.

“We are touched and very grateful that he has decided to donate all of the proceeds from the sale of this fantastic portrait of him to such an important cause.

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

“Cross your fingers that the painting will be sold at a price commensurate with Sir Michael’s considerable talent and generosity.”

Sir Michael Caine: The Personal Collection takes place on Wednesday March 2nd in Bonhams.

Updated: January 10, 2022, 11:19 p.m.


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