May 06, 2022

By Christine Ross

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The ax from the 1980 movie The Shining will soon take up residence at the Stanley Hotel near Boulder, Colorado.

One of the fake axes used in Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic  has been donated to the Hotel for its new movie-memorabilia museum and film center.

The prop sold for $175,000 at auction earlier this week, and the anonymous buyer donated it to the new Film Centre.

The ax is the film center’s first donation, and will be displayed during hotel tours until the film center is completed in 2024.

Stanley officials do not know yet whether the prop ax is made of wood or foam, according to a spokesman for the hotel.

There are reports it’s made of foam and resin.


The Stanley Hotel, which opened in 1909, was the inspiration for the 1977 Stephen King book,  The Shining.

The author stayed at the Stanley’s “haunted” room 217 in October 1974.

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