R2-D2 from original ‘Star Wars’ sells for millions at auction
Luke Skywalker certainly didn’t pay this much money for his droids in the original Star Wars films.
One of the R2-D2 droids from the Star Wars movies sold at auction for $2.76 million on Wednesday, upping the ante for movie memorabilia value. Other Star Wars items auctioned off include Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber (sold for $450,000), as well as Darth Vader’s helmet (sold for $96,000) and shoulder armour.
The R2 unit, which stands at 43 inches tall, was auctioned off by Profiles in History, a California-based operation that specializes in Hollywood and entertainment memorabilia.
Profiles in History confirmed that the R2 unit was compiled from parts used throughout the filming of the original trilogy, and it was the most expensive item offered up in the auction. Prior to the auction, Profiles in History estimated a maximum bid of $2 million.
Imperial and Rebel weapons were also up for auction. A collection of 23 ships (in model form) from Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers sold for $1.8 million. A helmet worn by late actor Bill Paxton in the movie Aliens sold for $51,000.
Even non-science-fiction items went for big money: the lighted dance floor from Saturday Night Fever brought in $1.2 million.
No information about the buyer has been made available.
On Sept. 23, the auction house is hosting a Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds personal property auction, with items like Fisher’s original 1978 Princess Leia action figure in its original packaging and her personalized on-set chair from Return of the Jedi up for bidding.Follow @CJancelewicz
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