The axe from Stanley Kubrick's movie was one of the many horror movie props that were sold at the auction.
"Little pigs, little pigs, let me come in. Not by the hair of your chiny-chin-chins? Then I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house in," utters Jack Nicholson before swinging the axe at the door, in an iconic scene from the classic movie, The Shining.
The axe, one of the most iconic props in horror film history, has now been sold for over $200,000 at an auction held in London. The sale of the axe was part of an auction that involved many horror movie props including Freddy’s glove from Freddy vs Jason, Ghostface’s knife from Scream 2, the Necronomicon from Army of Darkness, Carrie White’s bloody prom dress from Carrie.
Of all the movie props on sale, it was the axe from Stanley Kubrick's classic that generated the most attention and ended up being sold for four times the original amount.
The axe continues to remain in fine condition and was described at the auction as being "approximately three feet in length, with a wooden handle and foot-long blade that is an inch thick. Asides from a few scratches from long days of shooting the infamous door-breaking scene, the axe is reportedly in excellent condition.”
The axe scene, capturing Jack Nicholson's transformation, remains one of the most terrifying scenes in film history. The video of Jack Nicholson's preparing for the role, jogging up and down and shaking his hands, has added to the legend of the movie.
Shelley Duvall's performance on the movie earned her plaudits but her relationship with Stanley Kubrick would be fractured forever. Similar to Jack Torrance's (Jack Nicholson's character) fluctuating relationship with Shelley's character, Wendy Torrance, Kubrick pushed Shelley to the edge to extract the maximum out of her.
“From May until October, I was really in and out of ill health because the stress of the role was so great. Stanley pushed me and prodded me further than I’ve ever been pushed before. It’s the most difficult role I’ve ever had to play,” Duvall would recall.
The horror movie props were sold at the Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction, held at the BFI Imax in Waterloo, on Wednesday. It was one of 900 lots sold at the auction held on 30 September and 1 October.
Some of the other prominent movie props sold included the Roman general armor worn by Russell Crowe in Gladiator, Samuel L Jackson’s lightsaber, and a Stormtrooper helmet from the 1977 film Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. The complete Batsuit worn by Michael Keaton in the 1989 film was also on sale.
The auction also sold props from Alien, Blade, Dog Soldiers, Ghostbusters, Gremlins 2, Hellraiser and World War Z among others. Freddy’s glove from Freddy vs. Jason was sold for $37,818.50, while Jason’s machete from the same film went for $9,832.81. Jason’s axe from the Friday the 13th remake sold for $4,538.22.