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LOTR collection expected to fetch $2m

Ataahua
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Dec 6 2013, 12:48am

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From the news story:

The largest private collection of Lord of the Rings film memorabilia is expected to fetch almost $2 million at auction in Los Angeles today.
The Trilogy Collection, featuring Frodo Baggins' sword Sting, is estimated to sell for between $US1m and $US1.5m ($NZ1.2m to $NZ1.8m) when it goes under the hammer from 11am (NZT) at Julien's in Beverley Hills.
The collection was assembled over the past decade by a single collector and is second in scope only to director Sir Peter Jackson's official archive.


I wonder how the collector managed to get their hands on original props?

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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demnation
Rohan

Dec 6 2013, 5:10am

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Here is a very detailed interview with him (the collector) [In reply to] Can't Post

http://middleearthnews.com/...n-ready-for-auction/

Basically, he acquired the pieces through auction or by contacting people who received pieces as prizes. His reason for auctioning off his collection is despressing (helping to pay for family medical bills) but he talks about his favorite pieces and the two that he is keeping.

Hello!


sauget.diblosio
Tol Eressea


Dec 6 2013, 2:18pm

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Great read, thanks! [In reply to] Can't Post

It's really too bad this collection can't stay together, hearing how the collector took it on tour a few times for fans to see. Sounds like a great guy, and it's really a shame that he can't keep his stuff because it's obvious that he really loves this stuff, and he went through so much hard work (and a bit of deception) to put this incredible collection together. What a great and sad story. Hope he gets top dollar for all his LotR love and hard work.


demnation
Rohan

Dec 6 2013, 2:55pm

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Yeah [In reply to] Can't Post

When they first announced this auction, I was wondering what celebrity was behind the collection. Turns out it was a pretty normal and passionate guy who probably had a bit more time and money than the rest of us!

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Ataahua
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Dec 6 2013, 11:20pm

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Thanks for that! It's a great read. [In reply to] Can't Post

And here's an update - although I don't know if Stuff has converted the dollars to NZ dollars or kept them as US dollars.

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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OiotŠri
Tol Eressea


Dec 8 2013, 3:38am

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I'm goggling at the amounts of money people will spend on items that don't DO anything [In reply to] Can't Post

I understand why people buy art, and the movie props are certainly precious items, but for upwards of $100,000...
You could buy a house for some of those top prices. Not a big fancy house in the nicest part of town, but still a house.


In any case, I enjoyed the story, especially the interview.


..The land of long-forgotten name:
......no man may ever anchor near;
..No steering star his hope may aim,
......for nether Night its marches drear,
..And waters wide no sail may tame,
......with shores encircled dark and sheer.

..O! Haven where my heart would be!
......the waves beat upon thy bar
..For ever echo endlessly,
......when longing leads thy thought afar


Rembrethil
Tol Eressea


Dec 8 2013, 2:17pm

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Yeah, the kind of thing I'd only buy if I didn't have a mortgage. [In reply to] Can't Post

Once I was financially set, I'd consider buying one of these.

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