A gold Rolex owned by Sir Michael Caine sold for £125,250 at an auction of the actor’s personal collection.
he Oscar winner, 88, and his wife Shakira are offering memorabilia from his film career, as well as artwork, furniture and jewelry for sale while downsizing into a new home.
A 1977 oil painting by John Bratby, which is expected to sell for a top estimate of £3,000, was also among the lots that went under the hammer at Bonhams auction house in London on Wednesday night. It was sold for £31,500.
Also in the collection was Sir Michael’s own Indian rosewood desk, which fetched £10,000, and a poster from one of his early films, the 1964 war film Zulu, which fetched £11,500.
Another portrait of Sir Michael by Lincoln Townley sold for £19,000 with the proceeds of the sale being donated to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) by the actor and his wife.
A director’s chair from the 1971 crime film Get Carter, starring Sir Michael as gangster Jack Carter, had a top estimate of £1,200 but sold for £5,000.
Other items from his seven-decade screen career included a 1966 film poster for the romantic comedy Alfie, which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor and sold for £4,000.
Two signed posters also went under the hammer. One of the 1969 Battle Of Britain war films, in which Sir Michael starred alongside Laurence Olivier, sold for £4,500 while the other, The Italian Job, in which he starred as protagonist Charlie Croker, fetched £8,500.
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Paintings from his personal collection also sold, including Sir David Murray’s Shakespeare’s Avon (£3,800), Charles Mozley’s play Outside L’Escargot, Paris (£2,800) and Going To Church by Frank Dadd (£2,200).
A number of black and white photographic prints showing Sir Michael over the years, as well as two pairs of glasses by the veteran actor were also part of the collection.
Sir Peter Wanless, Chief Executive of the NSPCC said: “We are delighted that Sir Michael Caine has decided to donate all proceeds from the sale of this fantastic portrait to the NSPCC.
“Sir Michael Caine is a longtime Ambassador for the NSPCC and has been a great advocate for our vital work. The £15,000 raised from the sale of the portrait will be instrumental in supporting our fight against child abuse.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/sir-michael-caines-gold-rolex-sells-for-more-than-125000-at-auction-41406438.html Sir Michael Caine’s gold Rolex sells for more than £125,000 at auction