Massive Movie Memorabilia Auction Will Include the Axe from The Shining and Monty Python’s Holy Hand GrenadeMovies News movie memorabilia
For the sixth year running, the movie-themed auction house Prop Store will be hosting an eye-opening event at the end of September, featuring the sale of a number of truly iconic movie props and pieces of costuming. Any one of these featured items would be impressive, but to have them all gathered in one place is something special. The auction will be held Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, with a free exhibition to the public in the days leading up to the event. As a whole, the auction is estimated to fetch around $7.3 million.
This year’s headlining items? Well, there’s the very axe used by Jack Nicholson to chop down the bathroom door in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, for one. That piece should pretty much be a holy grail collectible to lovers of Kubrick’s landmark horror film. And oh, while we’re on the topic of holy grails—also available at the auction is the actual “Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch” featured in 1975’s Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
But wait, there’s more. This year also plays host to the following top-tier items:
— Samuel L. Jackson’s purple-bladed lightsaber from Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
— Russell Crowe’s Roman armor from Gladiator.
— A stormtrooper helmet worn by one of the invaders of Leia’s blockade runner in the opening scenes of Star Wars: A New Hope.
— The huge claymore sword used by William Wallace to cleave Englishmen in Braveheart.
— Pierce Brosnan’s Walther PPK and silencer from Goldeneye.
— The entire Michael Keaton Batsuit from Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman.
As we said above, this is pretty much an embarrassment of riches, and it wouldn’t surprise us if the event ultimately takes in far more than its early estimation, given the iconic nature of some of these items. When bidding gets fast and furious for Mace Windu’s lightsaber, who knows where it could go?