Ireland: hospice benefits from Lincoln film prop donation

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Steven Spielberg made the items available as a personal favour to close friend Daniel Day-Lewis, who is patron of the Wicklow Hospice Foundation – he became a patron in 2009 after his mother received care in a cottage hospital in England during the final months of her life.

Daniel Day-Lewis, nominated for an Academy award for best actor for his portrayal of Lincoln in the movie, has donated the Dublin premiere of the movie to raise funds towards building a Hospice facility in County Wicklow, where he lives when not filming. So far, the local community has raised over 2.5m euros of the 4m euros target to build the hospice.

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.
According  to Wicklow Hospice Foundation chair Dr Brendan Cuddihy  “Props of this quality never come on the market and are closely protected by movie studios. Now that Lincoln is hotly tipped to scoop multi Academy awards, we’re being told the value is even higher.”
Word of the auction has now reached the US and Wicklow Hospice Foundation has been inundated with requests to allow American bidders to get in on the act. The charity has agreed to accept email bids to the address in advance of the gala event.

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