Frodo’s ‘Sting’ sword sells for $188k
He may have been one of the smallest members of the Lord of the Rings fellowship, but Gimli the dwarf’s battle axe has sold for a large price.
The axe, which went for $US180,000 ($NZ217,250), was one of a collection of props and costumes from Sir Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy that went under the hammer on Thursday (US time) at Julien’s Auctions.
Fifty-one of the 92 items sold, with the axe fetching the largest sum, PBS Newshour reports. The axe sold for more than double the auction house’s expectation of between $US50,000-$US70,000.
Frodo Baggins’ sword, “Sting”, which glows blue in the movies when orcs are near, sold for $US156,000 ($NZ188,247).
The Trilogy Collection sale was held ahead of the release of the second part of the Hobbit trilogy - Sir Peter’s adaptation of J.R. Tolkien’s novel.
"The memorabilia was assembled during the past decade by a single, passionate collector and was second only to director Sir Peter’s official archive in scope", Julien’s said.
Troika Brodsky, of Missouri, put the collection up for auction to raise money for his family, Fairfax Media reported. The auction also put Samwise Gamgee’s prosthetic hobbit feet and ears, a ringwraith costume and Gandalf the White’s staff under the hammer.
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" will be released in movie theatres on December 13
Source: 3News NZ