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An ancient Peruvian ferility idol that kickstarted one of the most famous action scenes of the blockbuster Indiana Jones films has emerged.<br />
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The golden relic was a prop in the opening scene of 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark in which it is stolen by the hero treasure hunter.<br />
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Archaologist Jones, played by Harrison Ford, discovers the prized Chachapoyan fertility idol on an altar in a temple deep in the Peruvian jungle, then tries to replace it with a bag of sand.<br />
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However the theft triggers a chain of booby traps including falling walls, shooting darts and a huge rolling boulder forcing Jones to beat a hasty retreat.<br />
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Daredevil Jones manages to escape the temple in the nick of time, only to be forced to hand over the idol to a rival treasure hunter lying in wait.<br />
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Following filming the prop was given to special effects guru Kit West, one of director George Lucas' right hand men, who has treasured it ever since.<br />
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In the film the coveted idol is said to be solid gold - but the prop version is made from bronze effect composite.<br />
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Even so, the seven-inch prop is expected to fetch 18,000 pounds when it goes under the hammer.