The Ax in 'The Shining' Sells for $209,000 at Auction

October 3, 2019

A piece of Hollywood memorabilia just got the chop.

The ax that Jack Nicholson wields in Stanely Kubrick’s 1980 film “The Shining” sold at auction for a remarkable 170,000 pounds, the equivalent of $209K, at an auction in London, according to The Independent.

The terrifying prop, which is three feet in length and has a foot-long blade that is an inch thick,  sold for four times its asking price and was said to be in excellent condition.

Other items up for grabs at the Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction included Michael Keaton’s Batsuit from the 1989 film “Batman,” armour worn by Russell Crowe in “Gladiator,” and a lightsaber used by Samuel L. Jackson in “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.”

In “The Shining,” Nicholson’s character has a mental break while looking after a resort in the Rockies for the winter. In one pivotal scene, he uses the ax to terrorize his wife (Shelley Duvall) by breaking through a bathroom door and uttering the classic line, “Here's Johnny” as he pokes his head through the crack.

Based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel, the film adaptation was a box office hit despite receiving initial mixed reviews. While it didn’t receive any Oscar nominations, it did score two Razzie nods for Worst Director and Worst Actress.

Years later, the film was reevaluated by critics and has since been lauded as a horror masterpiece.

A sequel entitled “Doctor Sleep,” with Ewan McGregor as the grown-up son of Nicholson’s character, is set to hit theaters on Nov. 8th.

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