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Star Wars droid R2-D2 auctioned for $2.8 million, Darth Vader’s helmet goes for $96,000

While droid R2D2 was sold for $2.8 million, Darth Vader’s helmet went for $ 96,000 and Skywalker’s lightsaber from the first two movies, A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, fetched $450,000 at an auction in California.

hollywood Updated: Jun 30, 2017 12:11 IST
Luke Skywalker’s droid sidekick was put together from parts used in the filming of the original 1977-1983 trilogy and two of the 1999-2005 prequel films.
Luke Skywalker’s droid sidekick was put together from parts used in the filming of the original 1977-1983 trilogy and two of the 1999-2005 prequel films.

An R2-D2 unit used in the filming of several Star Wars movies has sold for almost $3 million, a southern California auction house said on Thursday.

The droid fetched the highest price at the auction.

Luke Skywalker’s droid sidekick was put together from parts used in the filming of the original 1977-1983 trilogy and two of the 1999-2005 prequel films, Profiles in History, based near Los Angeles, said in its catalog.

While the 43-inch (109 centimeter) character played largely by English actor Kenny Baker is known for his tenacious loyalty and snarky sense of humor, there are internal mechanics in the aluminum, steel and fiberglass unit sold on Wednesday.

Darth Vader’s helmet from the original film sold for $96,000.

The unidentified buyer nevertheless shelled out $2.76 million, making it the most expensive lot at a three-day auction of Hollywood memorabilia that included numerous props from the Lucasfilm franchise, raising a total of $14 million.

Skywalker’s lightsaber from the first two movies, A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, fetched $450,000 while Darth Vader’s helmet from the original film sold for $96,000. A collection of 23 spaceships from space series Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rodgers made $1.8 million dollars while the iconic illuminated dance floor from Saturday Night Fever went for $1.2 million.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s costume from Titanic (1997) and the sword wielded by Arnold Schwarzenegger in Conan the Barbarian (1982) went for $192,000 each. Other notable lots included a script and the front door to Rick’s Cafe from Casablanca (1942), Lucille Ball’s signature polka dot dress from 1950s sit-com I Love Lucy, and Evel Knievel’s 1976 Harley-Davidson XLCH 1000 from Viva Knievel! (1977).

A golden ticket from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) went for a staggering $90,000.

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