Sir Michael Caine, 88, is selling his collection of movie memorabilia

The Italian Job-lot: Sir Michael Caine, 88, is selling his collection of movie memorabilia amassed over 60 years of starring in box office hits from Alfie to Zulu as he plans to downsize from his Surrey mansion

  • Sir Michael, 88, selling off  collection of memorabilia after putting Surrey mansion up for sale for £3.75million
  • He and his wife, former model Shakira Baksh, are ‘downsizing’, auction house Bonhams said
  • Two standout lots show original posters from two of his most famous films – Zulu and Alfie
  • Also for sale is £12,000 gold Rolex watch and 40 works of art, including ones by LS Lowry and Marc Chagall  

Known down the decades as one of Britain’s best-loved actors, he has starred in a succession of mega film hits – from Alfie to The Italian Job, Zulu to Batman.

But now, Sir Michael Caine, 88, is selling off his cherished collection of memorabilia from many of his films after putting his seven-bedroom Surrey mansion up for sale for £3.75million in 2019.

He and his wife, former model Shakira Baksh, are ‘downsizing’, auction house Bonhams said.

The Oscar-winner said he was reluctantly saying goodbye to the hundreds of treasures. Among them is his £12,000 gold Rolex watch and 40 works of art, including paintings by LS Lowry and Marc Chagall.

Two standout lots show original posters from two of his most famous films – Zulu and Alfie. The former is expected to sell for up to £1,500, whilst the latter could fetch £700.

Posters from Caine’s 1965 film the Ipcress File and 1971 production Get Carter are also up for grabs, whilst fans can get their hands on two pairs of Sir Michael’s iconic spectacles if they are willing to part with an expected £1,200.

The lots are being auctioned with Bonhams and the sale is taking place on March 2.


Known down the decades as one of Britain’s best-loved actors, he has starred in a succession of mega film hits – from Alfie to The Italian Job, Zulu to Batman. But now, Sir Michael Caine, 88, is selling off his cherished collection of memorabilia from many of his films after putting his seven-bedroom Surrey mansion up for sale for £3.75million in 2019. Above: Sir Michael with his wife Shakira. An image of them together in the 1980s (right) is one of the items up for auction 

The Oscar-winner said he was reluctantly saying goodbye to the hundreds of treasures. One standout lot is an original poster from his 1967 Alfie. Alfie, which was released in 1966, saw Sir Michael star as a young womaniser who ends up having to confront his carefree life. Sir Michael was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance

Speaking in a video filmed by Bonhams for the sale, Sir Michael said of his art collection: ‘It is all nostalgia and remembrance with me. I didn’t collect art as some great art dealer, stuff became expensive accidentally.’

Many of the lots recount Sir Michael’s years as a single man in the 1960s, when he made films such as Alfie, Zulu and The Italian Job.

Sir Michael recounted how he was guided around the south of France by glamorous star Brigitte Bardot.

‘When I was single I was always in St Tropez,’ he said.

‘And Brigitte Bardot would show me around and everything. So it was all great. I’ve been in every one of those places.

‘In that other room there’s a set of posters on ‘journey to Paris on the train’. I was a bit reluctant to sell them. They are such a memory to me.

Artworks depicting the south of France were on display in the drawing room of his home, whilst travel posters were put up in his study.

Zulu, which was released in 1964, was based on the famous Battle of Rorke’s Drift in 1879. It told the story of how around 150 British soldiers held off waves of attacks from between 3,000 and 4,000 Zulu warriors at a remote station on the border with Natal in South Africa. The film continues to be ranked as one of the best British productions of all time


Also for sale are director’s chairs from the films Caine starred in in the 1960s and 1970s, including Get Carter (left) and the Ipcress File. Another chair, from 2005 film The Weather Man (right), is also up for sale

In the Ipcress File, Sir Michael played British spy Harry Palmer, who had been tasked with investigating the kidnappings and brainwashed reappearances of top scientists. He is seen encountering criminals, secret agents. The 1965 film was based on Len Deighton’s novel of the same name. It received a BAFTA award for Best British film

A poster from Sir Michael’s 1971 crime film Get Carter is also up for sale. The film also starred Britt Ekland and was based on Ted Lewis’s 1970 novel Jack’s Return Home. Sir Michael’s character, Jack Carter, is a London gangster who returns to his home town and learns of his brother’s allegedly accidental death. After suspecting foul play, he goes on a hunt for the truth

Sir Michael starred in 1975 film The Man Who Would Be King with Sean Connery. The above poster is adorned with the star’s signature. The film follows the paths of two rogue former soldiers, who set off in India in the 19th century in search of adventure


Pairs of glasses worn down the decades by Sir Michael are on offer in the Bonhams auction. The lots are being auctioned with Bonhams and the sale is taking place on March 2

Also for sale are director’s chairs from the films Caine starred in in the 1960s and 1970s, including Get Carter and the Ipcress File. Another chair, from 2005 film The Weather Man, is also up for sale. 

A portrait of Sir Michael himself, by Lincoln Townley, is due to be sold for up to £15,000.

Sir Michael added: ‘It’s going to be quite a wrench to part with so many treasured parts of my life and career. But it’s the right time to be moving on.’

He added: ‘I hope these mementoes will give their new owners as much pleasure as they have given us.’

Zulu, which was released in 1964, was based on the famous Battle of Rorke’s Drift in 1879.

It told the story of how around 150 British soldiers held off waves of attacks from between 3,000 and 4,000 Zulu warriors at a remote station on the border with Natal in South Africa.

The most valuable lot in the auction is this painting by French-Russian early modernist artist Marc Chagall, which is tipped to sell for between £30,000 and £50,000. Speaking in a video filmed by Bonhams for the sale, Sir Michael said of his art collection: ‘It is all nostalgia and remembrance with me. I didn’t collect art as some great art dealer, stuff became expensive accidentally’

A portrait of Sir Michael himself, by Lincoln Townley, is due to be sold for up to £15,000. He is seen clutching a film award

British artist John Bratby’s portrait of Sir Michael is tipped to sell for between £2,000 and £3,000. Bratby was well known for founding the kitchen sink realism style of art


Sir Michael’s gold Rolex watch is tipped to sell for between £8,000 and £12,000, whilst his gold lighter – which bears his initials set in diamonds – could fetch up to £1,500

Sir Michael also travelled extensively and collected posters along the way. Above: An advert for the Venice Simplon Orient-Express. It is among a set of six similar posters which Sir Michael is selling

Just 15 British soldiers died but around 350 Zulus were killed and the fighting led to 11 Victoria Crosses being awarded to the defenders of Rorke’s Drift, seven of them to soldiers of the 24th (2nd Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot – the most ever received for a single battle by one regiment.

The film continues to be ranked as one of the best British productions of all time.

Alfie, which was released two years after Zulu, saw Sir Michael star as a young womaniser who ends up having to confront his carefree nature.

Sir Michael was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance.

Sir Michael first put his Surrey home on the market in 2019. The 12,000 sq ft property was on sale for £3.75 million

The property boasts a barn conversion with a bar, an indoor pool, a hot tub and a two-bedroom cottage

Sir Michael first put his Surrey home on the market in 2019. The 12,000 sq ft property was on sale for £3.75 million and came with a barn conversion with a bar, an indoor pool, a hot tub and a two-bedroom cottage.

Sir Michael previously sold his apartment in South beach, Miami in 2018 for a reported $7.45 million (£5.9m).

In the mid-1990s, he also sold his mansion in Beverly Hills, California but still owns a flat in Chelsea Harbour in west London.

He has previously talked about his Surrey mansion, appearing on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs to discuss his £120,000 cinema.

He revealed how the seats of the cinema have a ‘refrigerator in the arm with a couple of beers in it’.

Caine also said that he always tried to get the best picture possible and so would always go for the newest projector because he wanted it to be the ‘height of technical advancement’.

The actor has also spoken about the master bedroom at Keston Lodge, revealing how it comes with two ensuite bathrooms.

Caine says that having separate bathrooms is the key to a happy marriage.

He married his wife Shakira, an actress and model, in 1973.

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