Some Psycho Bought a Movie-Used R2-D2 Droid For $2.76 Million

I love Star Wars. My commitment runs deep. But even my obsessive fanhood is impressed by the Star Wars love this one wealthy bidder proved at a recent auction. A movie-used R2-D2 droid recently sold for $2.76 million, making it one of the most valuable pieces of Hollywood memorabilia ever sold.

If that sounds like a lot (it does, that’s crazy), consider that experts claim the droid is the “creme de la creme of movie props” and something that you could “put next to a Picasso.” Of course, I always dreamed of stationing an astromech droid next to my Picasso and Monet.

The R2-D2 droid was sold by Profiles in History, an auction house based in Calabasas, California, as part of its Hollywood Auction. The 43-inch tall unit was compiled from parts used throughout the filming of the original Star Wars trilogy from 1977-1983. Man, that little droid has been through a lot.

Prior to the auction, Stephanie Connell, a London-based movie memorabilia consultant, said that the R2 unit was a very unique item to be sold at auction.

“This is not just a normal movie prop. This is instantly recognizable, the creme de la creme of movie props. This is something you could put right next to a Picasso.”

Sadly, the auction house did not release the identity of the mystery buyer, but we do know that it was the most expensive item purchased during the auction. Other items included: Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber from the first two films ($450,000) and Darth Vader’s helmet from the original film ($96,000).

Other sci-fi related items included a 23-ship collection from Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers ($1.8 million).

If only I was rich, I’d have the nerdiest Man Cave of all time.

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