Actor Michael Caine is auctioning off a Marc Chagall painting, an ‘Alfie’ poster and other art and film memorabilia

By March, Bonhams will sell a collection of memorabilia and art owned by 88-year-old actor Michael Caine.

Unlike most celebrity auctions, the sale does not come as part of a death estate liquidation, but from the actor’s own decision to reduce and live at what he called a more “casual” pace with his wife, Shakria Caine.

Among the fine art highlights are Lovers in the tree by Marc Chagall, estimated 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’s going to be something of a wrench to get rid of so many treasured parts of my life and my career, but it’s the right time to move on,” Caine said in a statement. “I hope these memories will give their new owners as much joy as they have given us.”

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<p class=LS Lowry, Peel Park Image courtesy of Bonhams.

There is also a portrait of Caine, painted by Lincoln Townley, the British painter known for his dark, quasi-abstract portraits, estimated at £ 10,000 to £ 15,000 ($ 13,600 to $ 20,000). The profits go to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

Caine is a former patron and longtime supporter of the organization. “We are touched and extremely grateful that he has chosen to donate all the proceeds from the sale of this amazing portrait of him to such an important cause,” the company’s CEO, Peter Wanless, said in a statement.

Other highlights include Caines’ Rolex watch, estimated at £ 8,000 to £ 12,000 ($ 11,000 to $ 16,000), and another portrait of the actor by John Bratby (1977), estimated at £ 2,000 to £ 3,000 ($ 2,700 to $ 4,000).

A portrait of Michael Caine by Lincoln Townley.  Image courtesy of Bonhams.

A portrait of Michael Caine by Lincoln Townley. Image courtesy of Bonhams.

There are also some commercial movie posters on offer, including a large two poster for the movie Zulu made for the Italian market, and another for Alfie, one of Caine’s most famous lead roles, which earned him nominations for Best Actor at the 1967 Academy Awards

“Michael Caine is a cinema legend internationally and a national treasure here in the UK,” said Charlie Thomas, Bonhams’ director of home sales and iconic collections. “I know [collection] will arouse great interest among both collectors and film fans. ”

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