The ax Jack Nicholson’s character in The Shining used to terrorize his family sold at auction in England for more than $200,000.
The prop from the 1980 Stanley Kubrick horror flick sold for 170,000 British pounds — equivalent to $208,956 — at the Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction in London. The prop features a three-foot-long wooden handle and a blade that is about one foot long and an inch thick.
In the movie, Nicholson’s character Jack Torrance has a mental break while caretaking the fictional Overlook hotel for the winter season.
In one of the most iconic film scenes, Torrance eventually wields the ax and breaks down a bathroom door with the ax while his terrified wife hides inside.
This axe was purchased by a crew member at a sale of the movie’s assets at the end of filming, along with other props, costumes and set decoration. It was specifically selected as the crew member involved needed an axe to chop wood at home. Fortunately, the axe was never used for this purpose, and was kept safely for decades.