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Someone Just Bought An R2-D2 For $2 Million


People have money and you have an original R2-D2 up for auction. No further details, "shut up and take my money" approach is what works.

Someone had put up an R2-D2 up for auction at Invaluable with the bidding range around $1 Million to $2 Million and someone has put in enough money to take it off the seller's hands. The seller, however, has gone through a lot of work and effort to assemble the droid, which acted as a personal sidekick for Anakin Skywalker and then his son Luke.

For a hindsight on how much work was required, read this below:
The dome was one of the few hero aluminiumm 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. It was used throughout the original trilogy as well as Episode I and can be screen matched by the fiber optic array to scenes in Return of the Jedi and Episode I. It features a handle to articulate the front eye from inside the unit by Kenny Baker. The metal “greeblies” (fine details added to make the device appear more complex) inserted into the front and rear of the body, and those on the feet, were made for A New Hope and used on R2 units throughout the original trilogy. The left and right legs were made for Empire Strikes Back and were acquired as complete items. One leg retains the Empire paint scheme and the other from Jedi. The middle and left foot were used on an original trilogy R2 and were used as the master pattern for the feet created for Episode I. The right foot is production made for Episode I but not used. The small opening hatch on the back of the body was used in Episode II. The barrel of the body was made for Episode I and it was subsequently painted and detailed for this R2 unit.
The droid was sold for $2.3 Million dollars to an undisclosed buyer which can be seen in the picture taken by Greg Kumparak from TechCrunch:
The auction listing can be viewed here.
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