Julien’s Auctions today announced “The Trilogy Collection: Props & Costumes from Middle Earth”. The auction event is scheduled for December 5th at their showroom in Beverly Hills. The offering boasts the largest offering of original material (props, costumes, and other original assets) from a single collector from the trilogy of movies directed by Peter Jackson (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King) and based on the J.R.R. Tolkien best-selling fantasy novel, The Lord of the Rings. Material from the films include Frodo’s “Sting” sword, Gimli’s axe, Aragorn’s sword, Gandalf’s staff, and more.
The second of the three new “The Hobbit” films, The Desolation of Smaug, is due to hit theaters a week after the auction, on December 13th.
Very little by way of high end original props from the first Trilogy has come to public auction in the art market, the most notable piece being the Legolas bow, which was sold by Profiles in History in December for an astounding $372,000. That piece was one of the Hasbro sweepstakes prizes, many other of which will be put at auction in this upcoming Julien’s event.
The material making up this auction will also be put on public exhibition at Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons (MOSI) in Ireland from late October through November 17th.
Given the stature of this Academy Award-winning film franchise and the rarity of original material from the production, I would expect this to be one of the most important auction events in this art market for 2013.
Full details about the sale and exhibition can be found at the official website for Julien’s Auctions as www.juliensauctions.com:
The official press release is provided below:
JULIEN’S AUCTIONS HOSTS
THE TRILOGY COLLECTION: PROPS & COSTUMES FROM MIDDLE EARTH
AN EPIC HIGH FANTASY AUCTION EVENT OF MONUMENTAL PROPORTIONS
Largest Private Collection Known to Exist of Unprecedented Memorabilia
to be Auctioned Exclusively at Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills
Thursday, December 5, 2013 – 2 p.m. P.S.T.
Beverly Hills, California…October 7, 2013 … Julien’s Auctions, the world’s premier entertainment and music memorabilia auction house, has announced an exclusive auction event of unprecedented historical film value. The Trilogy Collection: Props & Costumes from Middle Earth will include exclusive props and costumes created for the production of the trilogy of blockbuster films directed by Peter Jackson and based on the J.R.R. Tolkien best-selling fantasy novel, The Lord of the Rings. The collection of extremely rare memorabilia from a private collection will be auctioned on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills gallery located at 9665 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, California. Fans, collectors, and film enthusiasts will have the chance of a lifetime to bid on some of the most sought after memorabilia from one the biggest trilogies of films in entertainment history.
The memorabilia which has been assembled over the past decade by a single, passionate collector is second only to director Peter Jackson’s official archive in scope. The collection boasts iconic examples of props and costumes from major characters and memorable scenes from the trilogy. It also includes an array of prosthetics, miniatures, and pre-production items originally used to bring the film franchise to life on the big screen.
The award-winning film established the inhabitants of Middle Earth, the Rings of Power and the fellowship of hobbits, elves, dwarves and humans. These amazingly colourful and ambitious forces were led by a wizard and a hobbit that together had to battle evil forces on their treacherous journey to destroy the One Ring. The films present us with heroes, tales of loyalty and most importantly an emotional journey of our own.
“The Trilogy Collection: Props and Costumes from Middle Earth promises to be an epic event and one that will definitely make history,” said Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien’s Auctions. “It has been more than a decade since the first of the trilogy films was released and in that time only a handful of items from these films have ever been publicly offered for sale. Demand for this memorabilia is extraordinarily high and the scale and quality of this remarkable collection is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for fans and collectors.”
Highlights of The Trilogy Collection: Props and Costumes from Middle Earth include Frodo Baggins’ Sword “Sting” with an estimate of $100,000-$200,000, Aragorn’s Sword (Estimate: $50,000-$70,000), Gimli the Dwarf’s Battle Axe (Estimate: $50,000-$70,000), Gandalf the White’s Wizard Staff (Estimate: $50,000-$70,000), Ringwraith Costume Display (Estimate: $80,000-$100,000), Samwise Gamgee’s Prosthetic Hobbit Feet (Estimate: $15,000-$30,000), Samwise Gamgee’s Prosthetic Hobbit Ears (Estimate: $5,000-$8,000) and an extraordinary array of many more collectible pieces of rare memorabilia. Fans and collectors can view the entire collection at www.juliensauctions.com.
J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings fantasy novel (released in three volumes in 1954-1955) was originally written as an ambitious sequel to his 1937 children’s book, The Hobbit. It was J.R.R. Tolkien who wrote “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit,” and indeed, hobbits immediately conjure up imagery and thoughts of fantasy and adventure.
It went on to become the second best-selling novel ever written with over 150 million copies sold. It was adapted into three epic fantasy/adventure films directed by Peter Jackson and distributed by New Line Cinema: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003). Considered to be one of the most complex and ambitious film projects ever undertaken, production lasted eight years and filming for all three movies was shot simultaneously throughout New Zealand. The film series is the highest grossing worldwide film trilogy of all time and tied a record with Ben Hur and Titanic for the total number of Academy Awards won for a single film with The Return of the King receiving eleven Oscars.
In advance of the auction, an exclusive worldwide exhibit of The Trilogy Collection: Props and Costumes from Middle Earth will be on display at Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons (MOSI) in Kildare, Ireland. The exhibit will open at 9am on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 and end on Thursday, November 17th, 2013 and will close at 5pm each day. The Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons (MOSI) is located at R445 and Main Street in Kildare, Ireland. This will be the only worldwide exhibit of the collection prior to it being displayed and auctioned at Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills.
All of the property in the auction will be featured in a full color limited edition catalogue available for purchase at www.juliensauctions.com.
Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills
Monday, December 2nd – Thursday, December 5th, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Daily
LIVE AND ONLINE AUCTION DATES
Thursday, December 5th
Session I: Sports Icons – 10 a.m. P.S.T.
Session II: The Trilogy Collection: Props & Costumes from Middle Earth – 2 p.m. P.S.T
Session III: Street Art – 6 p.m. P.S.T.
Friday, December 6th
Icons & Idols: Rock ‘n Roll
Session I: 10:00 a.m. P.S.T.
Session II: 2:00 p.m. P.S.T.
Saturday, December 7th
Icons & Idols: Rock ‘n Roll
Session III: 10:00 a.m. P.S.T.
Session IV: 2:00 p.m. P.S.T.
EXHIBITION AND AUCTION LOCATION
Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills
9665 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 150
Beverly Hills, California 90210
Registering to Bid
Registration is required to bid in this live auction and can be done in person at the exhibition and auction, or online before the sale at the JuliensAuctions.com Registration page to bid by phone, proxy or in person, or online at JuliensLive.com to bid live online, or by calling (310) 836-1818.
There are four ways to bid in this sale:
- Bid through Julien’s Auctions Online Live in Real Time at JuliensLive.com.
- Place bids in the room by attending the auction.
- Bid over the telephone through an auction house representative, who sits in the room and conveys the bid to the auctioneer.
- Enter Absentee bids. Absentee bid forms are printed in the back of each catalogue, and are also available by calling Julien’s Auctions at (310) 836-1818 or online at our Register to Bid page.
About Julien’s Auctions
With expertise specializing in entertainment and sports memorabilia, Julien’s Auctions has quickly established itself as the premier auction house in high profile celebrity and entertainment auctions. Julien’s Auctions presents exciting, professionally managed and extremely successful auctions with full color high quality auction catalogues unlike any other auction company. Previous auctions include the collections of Cher, U2, Barbara Streisand, the estate of Marilyn Monroe and many more. Official website is www.juliensauctions.com.