Town’s pre­cious sold at auc­tion

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

It was a bat­tle of The Lord of the Rings va­ri­ety last week when a piece of Mata­mata his­tory went up for auc­tion.

The town’s prized Gol­lum statue, which spent years watch­ing over Broad­way, was sold to a Hamil­ton bid­der for $900.

The auc­tion at­tracted a lot of at­ten­tion, stack­ing up more than 8000 page views and fea­tur­ing on the site’s Cool Auc­tions page.

Gol­lum was sold as part of an in­surance claim af­ter be­ing ex­ten­sively dam­aged by van­dals in Oc­to­ber 2010.

The Mata­mata Pub­lic Re­la­tions As­so­ci­a­tion has re­placed him with a 170kg bronze Gol­lum statue from Sir Peter Jack­son’s Weta Work­shop.

The new statue is lo­cated in­side the i-SITE Gate­house.

Sold: Mata­mata’s orig­i­nal Gol­lum statue was sold on on­line auc­tion site Trade Me.

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