Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 12 July 2014

'Lincoln' props to help Irish hospice

Gloves, a knife and other items from blockbuster film Lincoln are to be auctioned at the European premiere in Dublin next week.

Director Steven Spielberg donated props from the multi-Oscar-nominated film to be sold for charity next Sunday.

Memorabilia such as Lincoln's handmade knife, white gloves and miniature soldiers in the production, will go under the hammer.

Spielberg made the items available as a favour to close friend Daniel Day-Lewis, a patron of Wicklow Hospice Foundation.

Day-Lewis, nominated for an Academy award for best actor for his portrayal of US Civil War President Abraham Lincoln, has donated the only European premiere to raise funds towards building the hospice near Dublin.

Spielberg, Day-Lewis and a host of Irish celebrities will attend the premiere at the Savoy. Guests will be joined by Irish President Michael D Higgins.Invitees will later attend a hotel ball.

U2's Bono, singers Sinead O'Connor, Shane McGowan and Chris De Burgh and boxers Katie Taylor and Barry McGuigan are on the list.

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