Spielberg gives Lincoln film props to Irish hospice fund

Daniel Day-Lewis as US President Abraham Lincoln
Image caption Daniel Day-Lewis as US President Abraham Lincoln

Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks have given props from the Oscar-nominated film Lincoln to an auction for the Wicklow Hospice Foundation.

Lincoln star Daniel Day-Lewis lives in Wicklow in the Republic of Ireland.

Memorabilia including Abraham Lincoln's handmade knife, Lincoln's white gloves and miniature soldiers featured in the film will go under the hammer.

Spielberg gave the props as a favour to his close friend, Day-Lewis, a patron of the charity.

Daniel Day-Lewis has been nominated for an Academy award for best actor for his portrayal of the US President.

The money raised will go towards building the hospice which is outside Dublin.

The foundation's chair, Dr Brendan Cuddihy said they had been overwhelmed by interest from the US.

"Props of this quality never come on the market and are closely protected by movie studios," he said.

"Now that Lincoln is hotly tipped to scoop multi-Academy awards, we're being told the value is even higher."

Image caption Lincoln star Daniel Day-Lewis with director Steven Spielberg (l) and Sally Field (r)

Spielberg, Day-Lewis and a host of Irish celebrities will attend the premiere of the film at the Savoy Cinema, Dublin.

Guests will be joined on the red carpet by Irish President Michael D Higgins. Nine hundred invitees will later attend a Burlington Hotel ball.

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

The charity aims to begin building the hospice in June. Currently, people who live in Wicklow have to travel many miles for respite and end of life treatment.

So far, the people of Wicklow have raised 2.4m euros of the 3m euros target to build it.

Day-Lewis became a patron in 2009 after his mother received care in a cottage hospital in England during the final months of her life.

On Sunday night, the actor won best actor in a drama at the Golden Globes for his role in Lincoln.

He was shortlisted alongside fellow Oscar candidates Denzel Washington and Joaquin Phoenix.

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