Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks have donated props from the multi Oscar-nominated film Lincoln to the Wicklow Hospice Foundation for an auction at the Dublin première next week.

The title role is played by Wicklow resident Daniel Day-Lewis.

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

Mr Spielberg has made the items available as a personal favour to close friend Mr Day-Lewis, who is patron of Wicklow Hospice Foundation.

Mr Day-Lewis is nominated for an Academy Award for best actor for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln.

He has donated the only European première of the film Lincoln to raise funds towards building a hospice facility in Co Wicklow, where he lives when not filming.

Word of the auction has reached the US and Wicklow Hospice Foundation has been inundated with requests to allow American bidders take part.

Wicklow Hospice Foundation Chair Dr Brendan Cuddihy, said the charity has been overwhelmed by the interest from the US, and is hopeful that it bodes well for the auction.

Dr Cuddihy said: "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."