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'Terminator' looks to fight another day -- or it will cost someone a whole lot of money to sit on the shelf. And some uber-geeks around Hollywood -- including Joss Whedon -- are stepping up for their stab at getting a piece of it.

Auction rights to the 25-year-old 'Terminator' movie franchise are on the block later this month, according to England's Financial Times, with a change in ownership expected by January. The estimated price tag? More than $60 million, linking its sale to Viacom/Nickelodeon's purchase of 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.' 'Terminator' looks to fight another day -- or it will cost someone a whole lot of money to sit on the shelf. And some uber-geeks around Hollywood -- including Joss Whedon -- are stepping up for their stab at getting a piece of it.

Auction rights to the 25-year-old 'Terminator' movie franchise are on the block later this month, according to England's Financial Times, with a change in ownership expected by January. The estimated price tag? More than $60 million, linking its sale to Viacom/Nickelodeon's purchase of 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.'

Whedon – the beloved 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' creator -- announced a lark of an effort on his website Whedonesque.com Monday to buy the 'Terminator' series for $10,000 (hardly enough to keep the lights on for the most recent $200 million-budgeted 'Terminator Salvation').

Whedon told EW.com later Monday "it never hurts to ask," and that the auction earlier in his career of 'Little Mermaid' animation cells, when he didn't have enough money, made him want to express interest.

With DVD sales down and the movie industry in a squeeze, question marks linger over how much is it really worth for the 'Terminator' franchise. This year's 'Terminator: Salvation' grossed $371 million worldwide, but only $125 million in the U.S.

Potential buyers include several Hollywood major studios, including Sony and the high-flying independent Summit Entertainment (which has 'New Moon' in November) could have the most interest, FT reports.

Halycon Co., which is in bankruptcy, is selling the rights, which include future projects, but not the earlier films.