Classic Movie Props Including the Axe from The Shining Go Up for Auction

Film lovers, Netflix bingers, and avid collectors, a massive collection of movie and television memorabilia will be up for auction at ODEON BFI IMAX in London on 30 September and October 1. This is an opportunity to own some iconic items from your favourite movies and shows. There will be 900 lots consisting of rare props, production material and costumes from some of the most famous and renowned films and the whole collection is expected to fetch about £6m.

The Shining, Star Wars: A New Hope, Batman

The auction is hosted by Prop Store, one of the leading memorabilia companies. This will be their sixth annual London auction. Last year’s auction featured the Han Solo jacket in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and the signature Indiana Jones fedora, both worn by Harrison Ford. The jacket failed to sell but the fedora fetched a whopping £393,600.

This year’s auction is bigger than ever, with 900 items available so whether you are a fan of The Shining, Star Wars, Batman, or Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, there might be an item of interest available. The auction will be available for bidding online, by phone, or in person. Interested collectors can register for Prop Store’s auction here and online bidding begins starting from 2 September. 

Screen-matched Stormtrooper helmet from Star Wars: A New Hope

One of the headline items is a screen-matched Tantive IV Stormtrooper helmet from Star Wars: A New Hope which is estimated at £120,000-180,000. Other items from the iconic franchise include Mace Windu’s lightsaber (portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson) in Revenge of the Sith and a Light-up Remote Control R2-BHD Droid from Rogue One which are expected to fetch up to £100,000 and £80,000 respectively.

Mace Windu's (Samuel L. Jackson) lightsaber from Revenge of the Sith

Light-up Remote Control R2-BHD Droid from Rogue One

If you are a fan of Michael Keaton’s Batman (1989), his complete batsuit is also available for £80,000-120,000. If villains are more your style then Jim Carrey’s Riddler costume in Batman Forever is estimated at £10,000-15,000.

The complete Batsuit from the first Warner Brother's Batman film

The axe from The Shining

For the weapon collectors, some of the key pieces include the signature axe used by Jack Nichsolson in The Shining is expected to fetch £40,000-60,000 while the pistol and silencer used by Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond in GoldenEye is also estimated to sell in the same range. The sword wielded by Mel Gibson’s William Wallace in Braveheart has a presale estimate of £30,000-50,000. Finally, the famous explosive with the cross (Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch) from the classic comedy, Monty Python and the Holy Grail is expected to land somewhere between £50,000-100,000.

The pistol with silencer from James Bond GoldenEye 

Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch

As for costumes, apart from the Batsuit, the next signature lot maybe Leonard Nimoy’s screen-matched science officer costume as Spock in Star Trek: The Ultimate Computer & The Omega Glory which is expected to fetch at least £50,000. An autographed motorcycle jacket by Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2: Judgment Day can also be had for £8,000-10,000. If you are still grieving the departure of Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark, a display model of him in the desert costume from Iron Man is estimated at £10,000-15,000.

Spock officer costume

Arnold Schwarzenegger Autographed jacket from Terminator 2

These are just a small sample from the massive collection. There will be items from other classic films such as Gladiator, Ghostbusters, Forrest Gump, Jurassic Park, just to name a few.

Some of the other notable lots include (source:
• Maximus' Screen-Matched Roman General Armour (Russell Crowe) from Gladiator (2000): £30,000-50,000
• Radio-Controlled Hero Ghost Trap and Pedal from Ghostbusters (1984): £80,000-120,000
• Special Effects Facehugger from Alien (1979): £50,000-70,000
• Freddy Krueger's Glove (Robert Englund) from Freddy Vs. Jason (2003): £20,000-30,000
• Storm's X-Suit (Halle Berry) from X-Men (2000): £20,000-30,000
• John Hammond's Costume (Richard Attenborough) from Jurassic Park (1993): £15,000-25,000
• Vito Corleone's Screen-Matched Brown Pea Coat (Robert De Niro) from The Godfather: Part II (1974): £10,000-15,000 
• Forrest Gump's Screen-Matched Bus Stop Nikes and Socks (Tom Hanks) from Forrest Gump (1994): £8,000-10,000
• From Julie Dawn Cole's (Veruca Salt) personal collection: Scrumdidlyumptious Wrapper from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971): £6,000-8,000