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ORIGINAL STAR WARS R2-D2 SELLS FOR $2.76 MILLION AT AUCTION

So if you happened to be a Star Wars fanatic with extremely deep pockets, you might have trumped the high bid this week when this adorable R2-D2 prop from the original Star Wars trilogy rolled across the auction floor in California. The sold-out event was another incredible Hollywood memorabilia sale hosted by Profiles in History, the premiere auction house for rare and never-seen models, props, and costumes from across the cinematic galaxy.

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When the hammer dropped on Wednesday, the unnamed winning bidder dropped $2.76 million to take home this screen-used R2-D2 prop viewed during various scenes in A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, as well as The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones.

Also offered at the same three-day auction were a Death Star Turbolaser Turret from A New Hope, C-3PO's golden foot from The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker's lightsaber (which sold for $450K) and Darth Vader's A New Hope helmet and shoulder armor (sold for $96K).

 

"The droid is constructed of aluminum, steel, and fiberglass, and is believed to be the only complete R2-D2 unit in the public domain," states Profiles in History's auction catalog. "No internal mechanics or workings are present."

Most of the original R2-D2 units are in the Lucasfilm vaults, private collections, or in museums, so this instantly-recognizable pop-culture grail should appreciate in value astronomically in the coming years.

If you had the dough, which piece of Star Wars history would you most like to purchase?

(Via THR)


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