Props and costumes from Middle Earth sold at auction, including Gimli’s battle axe for $180,000

BY newsdesk  December 6, 2013 at 11:32 AM EDT

(Click to enlarge the photo) Photo courtesy of Julien’s Auction

There are less than 11 months until Halloween 2014, but it is never too early to start planning your costume. Julien’s Auctions sold off props and costumes from Middle Earth, which were used during the filming of the Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001, 2002, 2003), including Frodo Baggins’ sword, nicknamed “Sting,” Gimli the dwarf’s battle axe, and prosthetic Hobbit feet worn by Sean Astin in his role as Frodo’s companion Samwise Gamgee.

Of the 92 items in The Trilogy Collection, only 51 were sold during the auction Thursday. Sting sold for a whopping $156,000. But the biggest sale was Gimli the dwarf’s battle axe, which sold for $180,000.
Of those that went unsold, include:

  • a costume and weapons for the Rohirrim, above left: The riders of Rohan were the horse-mounted calvalry who defended Helm’s Deep from Saruman’s 10,000 Uruk-hai army in “The Two Towers.”

  • a life-sized statue and costume of Lurtz, above center: the Uruk-hai captain, was created by Richard Taylor and his team of artists at Weta Workshop. Lurtz was Saruman’s second-in-command, bred for battle in the first movie, “The Fellowship of the Ring.”

  • a statue and costume display of the Witchking of Angmar, above right: Once the leaders of men, nine great lords were given a ring of power that corrupted them, and transformed them into an undead wraith, who hunt for the ring for their master, Sauron.

Bilbo Baggins gives his nephew Frodo Baggins’ an Elvish knife or dagger, nicknamed “Sting,” in the first book of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. The blade glows when orcs or goblins are nearby. Julien’s Auctions estimates the sword is worth $100,000-$200,000. (Click to enlarge the photo) Photo courtesy of Julien’s Auction

The sale comes one week before the second installment of Peter Jackson’s adaptation of “The Hobbit” by J.R. Tolkien. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is released in movie theaters starting Dec. 13.