The Mini Cooper number plates from 1969 movie The Italian Job will be auctioned in the UK later this week (begs23JAN06).

The three plates, which worked within the plot to signify SIR Michael Caine's character's prison number HMP 729G, the robbery gang's flight number LGW 809G and Grand Prix flag number GPF 146G, are expected to raise up to $36,000 (GBP20,000) at Cheffins Auctioneers in Cambridge, England, on Thursday (26JAN06).

A Cheffins spokesman says, "These are certainly a lot for the dedicated Italian Job fan - or maybe Michael Caine himself might be interested."

The Minis are most famous for the chase scene in the 1969 movie, where they speed through the narrow streets of Turin, Italy.

The Italian Job was remade in 2003.