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Pieces of Middle Earth set for auction in LA

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 - 01:31

Dec. 03 - Items from 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy go under the hammer in Los Angeles just ahead of the second Hobbit film's release. Rollo Ross reports.

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The second Hobbit film 'The Desolation of Smaug' which centres around Bilbo Baggins and the mysterious ring he finds is set to be released everywhere in mid-December. But if you can't wait for your next fix of Middle Earth, then an auction is taking place on Thursday December 5th in LA where various lots from the original 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy are going under the hammer, so members of the public can get their hands on a fabled dagger or even some rare hobbit body parts. SOUNDBITE Consignment Director for Julien's Auctions, Michael Doyle (English), saying: "The Hobbit feet is one of the more creepier items but is surprisingly getting a lot of attention. You can actually look and see all the hairs implanted right above the toenails. That's one of the most identifiable characteristics of The Hobbit and that's what collectors like to go after." Other items going from the series include Aragorn's broken sword, and Gandalf the White's staff which is expected to go for $200,000. However, the most sought after item is, of course, the One Ring. SOUNDBITE Consignment Director for Julien's Auctions, Michael Doyle (English), saying: "You can actually put on Frodo's ring and it may not make you invisible like in the movie, but you can certainly, to some extent, experience that." If you want to experience someone actually going invisible when putting on the ring, you can follow Bilbo Baggins into Middle Earth when 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' comes out at cinemas.

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Pieces of Middle Earth set for auction in LA

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 - 01:31