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For Sale: The real-life Braveheart movie sword, perfect for your front lawn

This looks like a sweet deal if your wallet is deep enough.

Braveheart - William Wallace's sword
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Are you a huge historical epics buff who's also into swords? Do you love Mel Gibson's Braveheart? This live auction of Hollywood memorabilia might be for you. Be warned though: It's only for deep pockets.

Often described as historically dodgy but sweeping and captivating, Braveheart (1995) has no doubt become a classic over the decades. We could say the same about Mel Gibson's performance as William Wallace. It hasn't aged like fine wine, but he had a memorable presence nonetheless. Perhaps more universally praised was the action in the movie; bloody and cruel, but still among the finest we've seen in a Hollywood-produced historical drama.

For fans of the movie and realistic movie props, Wallace's iconic sword is almost as iconic as the character himself. In fact, it's the protagonist of some shots (see above). Those who think it's as awesome as the original Skywalker lightsaber and Narsil (from The Lord of the Rings), and have the spare money, will be happy to learn they could get their hands on it really soon.

If you're ready for some heavy competition and can foot the bill, head over to Prop Store Auction's post for 'William Wallace's (Mel Gibson) Screen-Matched Scottish Claymore with Restored Blade' here. Bidding for this lot starts and ends on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, beginning at 9:00am PDT. You can tune in to the live streaming broadcast on auction day to follow the pace through the site.

Here are the full details of the screen-matched sword, which are interesting knowledge whether you're planning to bid on it or not: "Wallace's signature claymore was designed by noted armorer Simon Atherton and constructed with Del Tin blades based on real-world medieval-era Scottish broadswords. As the real Wallace was believed by some scholars to have wielded a customized sword of his own design, Atherton's version is similarly distinguished by personalized, yet historically accurate, detailing on its pommel and grip. This is believed to be the only known screen-matched example of this memorable weapon's metal handle."

Bids will start at $30,000 and are estimated to hit the $60,000 - $120,000 range. Again, that's a lot of money, but it's not ridiculous either if we look at other recent memorabilia auctions. It'll be interesting to watch from the sidelines how Hollywood fanatics fight over it, that's for sure.


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