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Star Wars R2-D2 Unit From Original Films Sells for $2.76 Million

Star Wars R2-D2 Unit From Original Films Sells for $2.76 Million

As Polygon reports, the droid has been refurbished over the years (presumably due to wear and tear) and was assembled from parts used during the filming of the original trilogy, and others from the first two prequel episodes.

Artoo-Detoo, or R2-D2, that famous droid character from the Star Wars movies, has been sold for nearly US$2.8 million (S$3.85 million), a southern California auction house said on Thursday (June 29).

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As far as the auction goes, devoted R2-D2 fans will be happy to hear that the droid sold for much more than the $450,000 closing price on Luke Skywalker's original lightsaber from A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. But while the sale has now gone through, the identity of the buyer has not been released.

The droid sold is made up of the top dome and eye lens are from the R2-D2 filmed in "A New Hope". But those with cash and an itch for more Star Wars memorabilia still had another chance.

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It is as close as anyone will ever come to owning THE R2-D2.

This wasn't the only Star Wars prop on the auction block.

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While the 1.09m character, played largely by English actor Kenny Baker, is known for his tenacious loyalty and snarky sense of humour, there are internal mechanics in the aluminium, steel and fiberglass unit, that was sold on Wednesday.