‘Star Wars’ R2-D2 unit sells for $2.76 million at auction

A complete R2-D2 unit sold for 2.76 million dollars at an auction this Wednesday.

The 43 inch tall unit was put together over many years by sourcing original components from Episodes IV, V, VI, I & II and assembling them as a complete R2-D2.

The dome is one of the few hero aluminum domes made for R2 actor Kenny Baker in the first film (A New Hope, 1977) and is the only one known in the public domain. No internal mechanics or workings are present.

The auction house Profiles in History had estimated that this piece of movie memorabilia would go for $1,000,000 – $2,000,000. There’s no information on who purchased the R2-D2 unit.

Many other Star Wars props were sold in the auction including a Darth Vader helmet, Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber and original artwork.

A vintage original “Darth Vader” production made helmet and shoulder armor from Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope sold for $96,000. The 2-piece helmet is constructed of cast fiberglass and measures approx. 34 x 29 x 26 inches.

This lightsaber was used by Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in both A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. It does not emit a blue blade of plasma. The jedi weapon prop sold for $450,000.

From the personal collection of Star Wars illustrator and artist Tom Jung, here’s an original concept sketch on 19 x 24 inch sheet which was proposed for A New Hope poster.

The Personal Property Auction of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds by Profiles in History is set for September 2017 in Los Angeles.

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