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Spielberg donates props from 'Lincoln' for charity auction

Howard Lake | 18 January 2013 | News

Steven Spielberg has donated props from his multi Oscar-nominated blockbuster, Lincoln, to the Wicklow Hospice Foundation for an auction at next week’s European premiere in Dublin.

A series of film memorabilia including Lincoln’s handmade knife, Lincoln’s white gloves and miniature soldiers featured in the movie will all go under the hammer at the Dublin premiere next Sunday.

A spokesman for the Hospice told RTE that they hoped to raise a six figure sum at the charity auction and film premiere.

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It is unusual for such props to be made available to the public. Mr Spielberg has made these items available as a favour to close friend Daniel Day-Lewis, who is patron of the Wicklow Hospice Foundation.

Daniel Day-Lewis, nominated for an Academy award for best actor for his portrayal of Lincoln in the movie, has arranged for the Dublin premiere of the film to raise funds for building a hospice facility in Co. Wicklow, where he lives when not filming.

The Foundation's Chair Dr. Brendan Cuddihy says that it has been inundated with requests to allow American bidders to take part in the auction. The charity has agreed to accept email bids to the address in advance of Sunday’s gala event.

Steven Spielberg, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, and Irish celebrities will be attending the Dublin premiere of 'Lincoln' on Sunday.

www.wicklowhospice.ie

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