In March, Bonhams will be selling a collection of memorabilia and art owned by 88-year-old actor Michael Caine.
Unlike most celebrity auctions, the sale doesn’t come as part of an estate liquidation, but of the actor’s own decision to downsize and live at what he called a more “quiet” pace with his wife, Shakira Caine.
The highlights of the visual arts include: Lovers in the tree by Marc Chagall, valued at £30,000 to £50,000 ($41,000-$68,000), and Peel Park by Laurence Stephen Lowry, estimated at £12,000 to £18,000 ($16,000-$24,000).
“It will be a tall order to give up so many precious parts of my life and career, but now is the right time to move on,” Caine said in a statement. “I hope these mementos will bring as much joy to their new owners as they have given us.”
There is also a portrait of Caine that was painted by Lincoln Townley, the British painter known for his dark, quasi-abstract portraits, valued at £10,000 to £15,000 ($13,600 to $20,000). Proceeds benefit the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
Caine is a former patron and longtime supporter of the organization. “We are moved and deeply grateful that he has chosen to donate all proceeds from the sale of this fantastic portrait of him to such an important cause,” the association’s CEO, Peter Wanless, said in a statement.
Other highlights include Caine’s Rolex watch, valued at £8,000 to £12,000 ($11,000 to $16,000), and another portrait of the actor by John Bratby (1977), valued at £2,000 to £3,000 ($2,700 to $4,000). ).
There are also some promotional movie posters on offer, including a large two-poster for the movie Zulu made for the Italian market, and another one for alfie, one of Caine’s most famous lead roles, winning Best Actor nomination at the 1967 Academy Awards
“Michael Caine is a film legend internationally and a national treasure here in the UK,” said Charlie Thomas, Bonhams’ director of home sales and iconic collections. “I know the [collection] will arouse great interest among collectors and movie fans alike.”
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