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The Search and Eventual Discovery of ‘The Shining’ Axe

We’ve all seen the famous “Here’s Johnny!” scene from Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining.” You know, the one where Jack Torrance hacks down a bathroom door with an axe while Wendy Torrance screams her head off on the other side. And if you haven’t seen it, you’ve had to at least heard of it. I mean, it’s been referenced and parodied in music, TV shows, and even other movies.

It’s one of the most iconic scenes in horror movie history and has become a defining moment in 1980s film. Although the scene has class acts like Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall, the real star of this article is the axe.

Famous movie props like Dorothy’s red ruby slippers and the original Kermit the Frog puppet have been preserved and kept on display at the Smithsonian. But what happened to the most famous axe of the ’80s? After 40 years, where has the weapon traveled to before finally ending up where it is now?

For such a simple, everyday object, you would be surprised to learn how valuable this prop really is. Watch Vanity Fair’s video to see where the iconic axe ended up and how much it’s worth today (spoiler alert, it’s an expensive axe).

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