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Axe From Iconic Movie 'The Shining' Expected to Sell for $100,000

Yana Bostongirl

In "The Shining,' one of the most iconic movies of the 20th century, there is a scene where Jack Nicholson's character, Jack Torrance wields unholy terror with an ax. This movie prop is said to be preserved in mint condition despite the passage of over forty years since the movie's release in 1980, is set to go on auction at the Gotta Have Rock and Roll Auction House in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.

Based on the novel 'The Shining' by horror writer Stephen King, the movie was directed by Stanley Kubrick. In it, Jack Torrance goes with his family to The Overlook Hotel, a mysterious mountain resort, to take on the role of winter caretaker. However, all is not as it seems. reports that while the movie is considered a classic in the horror genre and one of Kubrick's greatest movies, King disagreed with the director's take on his novel.

Here is an excerpt from TMZ that explains how this ax became so famous: The axe is remembered for the scenes towards the end of the film, including the one where Jack Nicholsons' character uses it to break through a wooden door ... leading up to his famous line, "Here's Johnny!!!"

According to an article published in, the minimum bid will be $50,000, however, the sale price is expected to be around $100,000. The bid begins on April 20. The article also reports that in addition to the ax, a large kitchen knife that was used in the movie is also up for auction. The knife, with a minimum bid of $1000, is expected to fetch between the $2000-$3000 range.


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