Lord Of The Rings Props To Go Under Hammer
Fans of The Lord Of The Rings are being given the chance to bid on hairy Hobbit feet or Frodo's sword in a new auction of the trilogy's props.
The items from Peter Jackson's films are being put up for sale by Julien's Auction in Beverly Hills on December 5.
The prosthetic feet worn by character Samwise Gamgee are estimated to fetch between £9,000 and £18,000.
Other highlights from Middle-earth include the sword of Frodo Baggins, played by Elijah Wood, which is estimated to fetch between £62,000 and £124,000, and a wizard staff belonging to Gandalf the White, played by Sir Ian McKellen, which could sell for as much as £43,000.
Martin Nolan, executive director of the auction house, said: "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."
The total auction is expecting to fetch up to £900,000 from the sale of 80 lots.
The auction house said the rare props come from a private collection and is the second largest collection of Lord Of The Rings movie memorabilia, behind only Jackson's own official archive of props.
The Fellowship Of The Ring, The Two Towers and The Return Of The King are adapted from JRR Tolkein's fantasy novels of the same name.
The story follows the journey of mild-mannered hobbit Frodo, who travels across the treacherous lands†of Middle-earth to destroy a precious ring that makes its wearer dangerously powerful.
The films grossed nearly £2.4bn at the worldwide box office, one of the largest-grossing film series in history.
Jackson adapted Tolkein's prequel The Hobbit into a second trilogy of films set in Middle-earth. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released last year and has grossed more than £620m at the worldwide box office.