Machete used for bridge scene in ‘Indiana Jones’ movie up at auction
A distinct machete used during the rope bridge scene in 1984’s “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” will be sold at auction this month by Julien’s Auctions in California.
The machete is 42 inches long and curved, made primarily of steel, with hand-painted details on both sides of the grip.
Unlike the other machetes used on-screen during the movie, the machete going to auction appeared only during the rope bridge confrontation between Harrison Ford’s titular protagonist and cultists. It is also designed slightly differently.
“This is the longer blade version, made for the distant shots used in the rope bridge scene (enabling the sword to still be viewed clearly) but matches intrinsically in construction to its foreground partner,” Julien’s Auctions wrote in the machete’s listing.
In addition to the machete, the buyer will get a DVD of the movie and the blade’s original leather sheath used to store it during production.
The machete has a starting bid of $10,000, with an estimated final price of $45,000 to $55,000. It’s slated to go to auction at 6 p.m. Pacific time Dec. 14.