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Jack Nicholson’s ‘The Shining’ prop ax auctioned

(NEXSTAR) – “Heeere is Johnny!” For a few more days, horror fans and collectors can bid for the chance to own a piece of Hollywood history: an Oscar-winning Jack Nicholson prop ax wielded during filming of the horror classic 1980s “The Shining”.

It comes with a hefty price tag: minimum bidding is $50,000.

Gotta Have Rock and Roll Auctions, which sells pop culture and sports memorabilia, estimates the prop, believed to be made of foam, will eventually sell for between $60,000 and $90,000. On Friday afternoon, there were at least three bids for the item.

The ax is one of several that Nicholson used while filming the Stanley Kubrick chiller. The film’s most famous scene features Nicholson hacking into a shattered bathroom door to reach his wife (played by Shelley Duval), whom he tries to kill.

If the ax is too expensive, the auction house has another “Shining” accessory up for grabs. A knife used onscreen in the film is signed and inscribed “REDRUM” by actor Danny Lloyd, who played Danny, the son of Nicholson’s character Jack Torrance. The minimum bid is $1,000 and it’s expected to sell for between $2,000 and $3,000, says Gotta Have Rock and Roll.

Two other axes of Stanley Kubrick’s film have fetched big prices at auction. Another foam ax sold for $57,600, while a wooden ax went for $211,000, Forbes reports.

“The Shining”, based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel, was released in May 1980 and became what is considered a masterpiece of the horror genre. It was recently named No. 2 on Time Out’s 100 Best Horror Movies list – just between “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (1974) and “The Exorcist” (1973).

One person who hated the film was King himself, who found it emotionally cold and too different from his book.

“It’s certainly beautiful to look at: beautiful sets, all those Steadicam shots,” King told The Paris Review in 2006. “I used to call it a Cadillac without a motor. do except admire it as a sculpture. You have removed its primary purpose, which is to tell a story.

A sequel film, “Doctor Sleep” (based on the King novel of the same name), was released in 2019 and features much of the iconography from the original film, including the door that Nicholson hacks with the axe. King loved “Doctor Sleep” so much that he said it even warmed his feelings for his predecessor.

Bidding on the ax and knife ends next week.


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