A front gate from Dylan Thomas' holiday home, which was unearthed by actor Michael Sheen, is set to go under the hammer next month (Sep14).

The Masters of Sex star found the rusty relic stuck in mud in 1984 while visiting the seaside town of Laugharne, Wales, where the Under Milk Wood writer spent his final years.

Sheen's pal Charley Uzzell-Edwards says, "We were walking down the hill on a jolly boys' day out to check out the boathouse when we saw this metal sticking out of the mud... My dad had a photo of Dylan Thomas standing in front of the gate of the boathouse so we knew it was the actual one."

The pair took the front gate and now Uzzell-Edwards is selling it at a special auction dedicated to Thomas in Cardiff, Wales on 6 September (14). The item is expected to fetch $1,360 (£800).

The auction is one of many events taking place in the run-up to the 100th anniversary of Thomas' birth, which will be marked on 27 October (14). The poet died in 1953, aged 39.