London: Late director Michael Winner made $1.6 million shortly
before his death after auctioning his collection of rare children's
The Death Wish filmmaker passed away at his home in
Kensington, in January this year following a lengthy battle with
It has now emerged that he sold off his huge collection of
original drawings at Sotheby's auction house in the British capital
three weeks before his death, reports mirror.co.uk.
"Michael said it would be so good for business and that it would
generate so much publicity that they should give him their services
for free," said a source.
"Eventually, they settled on just one per cent and Sotheby's
even produced an expensive brochure for no extra cost. Michael
didn't need the money and knew he only had days to live - but it
gave him a terrific buzz to know he still had the knack (ability)
of bargaining right to the end," the source added.