WEDNESDAY 30 JULY, 2014
Now you can get your hand on Saruman’s staff and Aragorn’s hero sword ‘Anduril’ for a magical price.If it is the idiosyncratic collection you are aiming for, then perhaps the one for you is Bonhams’ New York sale of Lord of the Rings film collectables.
Two of the most powerful and magical weapons to feature in J.R.R Tolkien’s novels – the wizard Saruman’s staff and Aragorn’s sword – are to be offered for sale as part of There’s No Place Like Hollywood an auction of classic movie memorabilia in conjunction with Turner Classic Movies on 24 November.
The collection comes from internationally acclaimed actor, Sir Christopher Lee, including three items used during the filming of the Academy Award® winning trilogy, The Lord of the Rings.
Lee said: ‘More than a decade has passed and I feel it is now time that someone else is able to enjoy their magic.’
The wizard’s staff, owned and used by Lee as Saruman throughout the filming of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, has been given an estimate of US$100,000-$150,000 – a fitting price for the once wisest, most powerful wizard of White’s weapon of battle.
The object being auctioned stands six feet tall and is topped by a resin crown that cradles a hand-blown glass orb.
The second cult item up for offer is Aragorn’s hero sword ‘Anduril’ with an estimate of US$150,000-$250,000. The sword was designed by master sword smith, Peter Lyon, whose work sits in the royal armoury as part of the Royal Collection of Her Majesty the Queen. While four were made this is the only one to come onto the market. It was presented to Lee in gratitude for his contribution on set.
And the trilogy had to be completed without a third object – the clapper board that wrapped the very last scene that Lee filmed in the third and final film, The Return Of The King, comes up for sale with an estimate of US$6000-$8000.
Katherine Schofield, Head of Department for Entertainment Memorabilia in London, said, ‘We very much look forward to seeing them on view in our New York salerooms alongside other classic movie memorabilia from legendary productions including Casablanca, The Wizard of Oz and Gone With The Wind.’
Last November, Turner Classic Movies and Bonhams teamed up on their first auction together, setting a new milestone for a movie prop with the Maltese Falcon statuette used in John Huston’s classic film reaching a record-setting bid of over US$4 million.
Bonhams Knightsbridge will view the objects for sale 31 July – 4 August, before travelling to America for sale in Bonhams, New York on 24 November. And if you want to save the airfare and put it towards your purchase, bids can be placed live online.