The Shining is based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel of the same name and stars Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers, and Danny Lloyd. As we reported earlier, a renowned piece from the horror movie was offered for sale. The axe famously wielded by Jack Nicholson in classic 1980 film The Shining recently hit the auction.

The axe went on auction for an eye-watering $175K. Auction site GottaHaveRockAndRoll closed the auction over the weekend as the movie prop brought in about $100K more than expected. The item from the Stanley Kubrick film had originally been projected to take in anywhere from $60K to 90K.

However there was quite the bidding war as 12 bids got the price up to a final bid of $140K. There is also a buyer’s premium of $35K for the item making for a grand total of $175K. This is not the first time that the prop has been up for sale as it was previously bought for $61K.

According to TMZ the axe is light weight as it is made of foam and resin. The listing states that the item comes displayed in a 25 x 2.5 x 40.5 shadow box frame with photos from the film. The axe was featured in several scenes in the classic film, most notably when Nicholson’s character Jack Torrance uses it to break through a wooden door before exclaiming the iconic line, “Here’s Johnny!”


The axe prop is still in extremely good shape, according to the auction company. It’s placed in a shadow box frame with photographs of it in action in the film. Meanwhile, The Shining is regarded as one of the greatest films of all-time and raked in a box office total of $47.3million. 

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