Artwork by Nadav Kander Image via Phillips Artwork by Nadav Kander
Image via Phillips

The auction will feature more than 50 original signed photographs of Beckham, captured by photographers including Sam Taylor-Johnson, Mario Sorrenti, Annie Leibovitz and Peter Lindbergh. For the sale, artists Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, Tessa Treager and Nadav Kander will have specially commissioned works going under the gavel.

David Beckham: The Man, documents the ex-England captain's career which has seen him influence fashion and lifestyle as well as soccer and the world of sport.

Kathy Adler, the exhibition curator, stated: "David Beckham is the quintessential modern man, his fame far exceeding that of a sportsman. He is universally recognised, an icon of modern masculinity and a magnet for photographers. His appeal is ubiquitous: he is happy being a gay icon, a teenage idol, a spokesperson for sport [and] a UNICEF goodwill ambassador."

Money raised from the auction will benefit 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund and Positive View Foundation.

David Beckham: The Man, at Phillips, London. Viewing from February 27. Sale March 10.