For the presently unnamed winner of a California auction, R2-D2 proved to be exactly the droid they were looking for.
Several highly-desired bits of memorabilia from George Lucas’ beloved Star Wars series went up for auction on Wednesday, including Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber from A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, which sold for $325,000. The collection’s crown jewel, however, proved to be a complete R2-D2 unit that brought in a lofty $2.75 million. The final price far exceeded the original estimated amount, which was projected to net somewhere between $1 million and $2 million.
Measuring in at 43 inches tall, the prop consists of various pieces from the sets of the original trilogy, as well as The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. Constructed out of aluminum, steel and fiberglass, the piece is believed to be the only complete R2 prop possessed by a member of the public. Unfortunately, the droid will not be bailing anyone out via a hidden lightsaber ejector any time soon, as the auction house, Profiles in History, reported that no internal mechanics were operable.
The treasured piece of cinema history further accentuates the fact that, for the most hardcore of Star Wars fans, it’s impossible to put a price on the galaxy far, far away.
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