This might be the most valuable thing ever to come out of the Overlook Hotel, and it’s not even that infamous carpet.
Emilio D’Alessandro, the late Stanley Kubrick’s assistant, has just unearthed an extended cut of The Shining that human eyes have never seen. Bloody-Disgusting found out it was lurking along with other painfully cool Kubrick memorabilia from films such as A Clockwork Orange, Dr. Strangelove, Full Metal Jacket, and Eyes Wide Shut that D’Alessandro has just listed on the Italian auction website Aste Bolaffi.
The deleted scene that has been dead to everyone for so long is described by the auction site as a “Long cut of the original film The Shining containing the scene in which Wendy, played by Shelley Alexis Duvall, carries Danny, played by little Danny Lloyd.”
What makes this cut of the iconic Stephen King movie so rare it’s scary is the fact that it even exists. There is no version of The Shining in existence—no director’s cut, no extended version, nothing with restored footage that didn’t make the final cut—as long as the one that just emerged. Kubrick gave D’Alessandro some cuts that were never known to exist, though he usually burned all the rejects after he finished the final edit that would go on to theaters. No one really knows how this particular one managed to survive the fires of the director’s perfectionism.
If you happen to have $3,700 lying around in a vault somewhere, you can bid on this version of The Shining that only you will ever own. For $12,000, you could bid on that burgundy corduroy jacket Jack Nicholson wore while he was either laughing maniacally or seeing ghosts that wouldn’t show themselves to anybody else. He also (cinematically) froze to death in that jacket.
By the way, if you’re a Shining junkie, also up for auction are prop keychains from the Overlook, a set of lobby cards given out during the Italian theatrical release in 1980, and promo swag including creepy yellow stickers meant for the film reels, an advertising brochure whose cover just about screams “Heeeeere’s Johnny!” and the most badass movie tee ever.
Warning to whoever wins that extended edition: You may end up having a couple thousand unwanted guests show up for an impromptu showing.