The box office isn’t the only one benefitting from Steven Spielberg's acclaimed "Lincoln."
Memorabilia from the film has been donated to the Irish nonprofit, the Wicklow Hospice Foundation, an organization that "Lincoln" star Daniel Day-Lewis is a patron of, according to a statement.
A leather-bound autographed copy of the script signed by Daniel Day-Lewis, Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner, Lincoln’s white gloves and miniature soldiers and other signed props will be auctioned at the film’s Dublin premiere on Jan. 20, according to Hollywood.com.
Day-Lewis was recognized for his portrayal of the sixteenth American president Sunday night when he received the Golden Globe award for best actor in a drama. The film is also nominated for several Academy Awards.
“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,” an enthused Dr. Brendan Cuddihy, Wicklow Hospice Foundation Chair said in a statement.
News of the auction has spread across the pond with American collectors teeming to get their hands on Lincoln loot. The charity has agreed to accept email bids sent to firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of Sunday’s gala event, according to the charity’s statement.
The foundation, which seeks to build a hospice hospital in Wicklow, Ireland, in June has raised about $3.2 million of its approximately $4 million fundraising goal, according to the Irish Examiner. The town, with an estimated population of 6,700 people needs the hospital. Currently, Wicklow residents must travel long distances to receive end of life treatment, according to the news outlet.
Daniel Day-Lewis knows the need firsthand. The film star, who lives in Wicklow, became a patron after his mother received hospice care in an English hospital in 2009, the Irish Examiner reports.