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original r2d2 sold for $2.6 million

Original R2-D2 Used In Star Wars Films Auctioned For $2.6 Million

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An R2-D2 droid used in several Star Wars films has been sold for more than $2.6 million at the Los Angeles auction house “Profiles of History.” The 43-inch unit, compiled from parts used throughout the filming of the original trilogy, sold for $2.6 million on Wednesday.

There’s not much information about who purchased the droid, the most expensive item offered in a movie memorabilia auction that included numerous props from the Star Wars franchise.

Other items up for sale included Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber from the first two films, which sold for $450,000 and Darth Vader’s helmet from the original film, which was fetched for $96,000.

Profiles in History, based in Calabasas, had anticipated the Astromech Droid’s bid would be in the price range of two million dollars before Wednesday’s sale.

Other space-themed film and television memorabilia were also up for auction such as:

  • A collection of 23 ships from Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers, which sold for $1.8 million.
  • A helmet worn by the late actor Bill Paxton on the set of Aliens fetched $51,000.

Not all the items were out of this world – the lighted dance floor from Saturday Night Fever sold for $1.2 million.

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