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    Orlando Bloom "Legolas" Lothlorien bow from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. (New Line, 2003) In 1997, Peter Jackson began preproduction work on J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy trilogy The Lord of the Rings. With a budget of $280 million, concurrent filming of all three films began in October 1999, completing in December 2000. Inserts, re-shoots and pick-up shots continued until 2004. The final shot, for the extended DVD of The Return of the King (some skulls rolling towards Gimli) was filmed after the movie had already won an Oscar for best picture. This is the bow used by Orlando Bloom as "Legolas" throughout The Lord of the Rings trilogy. "Galadriel" (Cate Blanchett) presented Legolas with this beautiful Lothlorien bow at the gifting ceremony seen in the extended cut of The Fellowship of the Ring and was then used by Legolas as his weapon of choice for the rest of the epic The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Just shy of 6 ft. long, this fully practical bow, sculpted by Warren Mahy, features an ornate elven leaf pattern, which twists around the length of its body. The string features a single intertwined golden thread, which, according to Tolkien's books, represents a hair from Galadriel's head. The weapon appears to be made of a composite plastic, painted brown with a hand-detailed grain resulting in a very realistic wood effect. The bow appears almost bone white under studio lighting but is actually quite dark. The quality of work produced by Richard Taylor's Weta Workshop of New Zealand is remarkable, and attention to every detail never fails to draw comment. The tips of the bow are chipped, and the center of the grip is worn, both evidence of its extensive use on set. This Legolas bow was one of eight main character props from the trilogy that were given away as the grand prizes in a sweepstakes by toy company Hasbro to celebrate the release of the third film of the trilogy, The Return of the King, in December 2003. The bow is showcased in a museum-quality, lockable display and is accompanied by a New Line Cinema certificate of authenticity, confirming its use in the trilogy, which is signed and dated by Barrie Osborne, the producer of The Lord of the Rings. A very rare opportunity to acquire a major prop from one of the principal characters in this timeless, epic trilogy. This is the most important piece from The Lord of the Rings trilogy to ever reach public auction. Special shipping arrangements will apply.

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    December, 2012
    15th Saturday
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