Star Wars

This is the droid you’re looking for: R2-D2 used in original Star Wars films sells for US$2.76m

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 June, 2017, 8:45am
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 June, 2017, 9:24pm

An R2-D2 droid that was used in several Star Wars films has sold at auction for a multimillion-dollar price.

The auction house Profiles in History said the 107cm-tall unit that was compiled from parts used throughout filming of the original trilogy sold for US$2.76 million at an auction Wednesday.

There was no information about who purchased the droid, which was 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 US$450,000 and Darth Vader’s helmet from the original film sold for US$96,000.

The Calabasas, California-based Profiles in History had estimated the droid could fetch up to US$2 million before Wednesday’s sale.

Other space-themed film and television memorabilia was also for sale, with a collection of 23 ships from Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers sold for US$1.8 million. A helmet worn by late actor Bill Paxton on the set of Aliens sold for US$51,000.

Not all the items that sold were sci-fi themed. The lighted dancefloor from Saturday Night Fever sold for US$1.2 million.“