Michael Caine's personal items go up for sale in London auction

The actor and his wife are auctioning off artworks, film posters and personal items.
The actor and his wife are auctioning off artworks, film posters and personal items.   -   Copyright  Vianney Le Caer/AP
By Theo Farrant  & AP

Sir Michael Caine is downsizing.

As a consequence, the 88-year-old auctioned off some of his prized possessions at Bonhams auction house in London, on Wednesday evening (2 March 2022).

What was in the sale?

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A gold Rolex belonging to the iconic English actor is up for grabsAP Photo

Under the hammer were a wide range of items - from Caine's glasses and cigarette lighters, to bigger items like furniture, as well as a selection of artworks he has spent his life collecting.

Charlie Thomas, Director of Household, Private and Iconic Collections at Bonhams, marked Caine's desk as one of his favorite items up for grabs:

"His desk, of course, is probably the highlight. This is his desk he wrote his three books on. This is a desk he read his scripts at and is covered in sort of ink marks and and you can actually you can see where he's been writing and it's, you know, that's fantastic," he said, speaking before Wednesday's auction.

There are also signed posters from Caine's vast back catalogue of film roles, but perhaps the most interesting items for sale are the more personal possessions:.

"There's the gold Rolex that he's been photographed and filmed wearing for decades. And then there's more whimsical things like his glasses. You know that there's several pairs of his iconic glasses, the thick rimmed ones, the Harry Palmer style ones. He's iconic for so many reasons. But his style is another big part of why he's so popular and, you know, his glasses are part of his style," said Thomas.

Despite the pre-auction estimate for Sir Michael Caine’s gold Rolex being £12,000, the watch ended up selling for a whopping £125,250.

An abstract portrait of Sir Michael Caine painted by John Bratby fetched £31,000, and Caine’s Indian rosewood pedestal desk, where he wrote his books, sold for £12,750.

Where are the items being sold?

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The Rolex wristwatch is estimated at up to £12,000AP Photo

Sir Michael Caine's items went up for auction on 2 March 2022 at Bonhams in London.

Check out the video above to see the items up for sale

Video editor • Theo Farrant