By Kathy Schiffer
If you have an extra $80,000 in your pocket, you could buy the One Ring to Rule Them All.
The gold-plated ring was made famous on the big screen in Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. The greatest of the rings of power, the One Ring was created by the Dark Lord Sauron in the fires of Orodruin (Mount Doom) during the Second Age. Sauron intended to increase his own power, and in time rule over all of Middle-Earth.
The One Ring was, indeed, an extension of the Dark Lord himself. Sauron had cut through his own hand, allowing his evil to bind with the molten gold.
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If you are a “Lord of the Rings” aficionado with cash to burn, you might like to bid on this master production prototype by designer Jens Hansen. From this prototype ring (which bears the inscription inside out), the on-screen rings used in the movie were created.
On Thursday, December 5, Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California will auction the One Ring and other props, costumes and memorabilia from “Lord of the Rings.” The One Ring is expected to sell for $50,000 to $80,000.
CBS News offers a photo gallery of items available for sale—check it out here
“One ring to rule them all,
One ring to find them,
One ring to bring them all
And in the darkness bind them.”