R2-D2 sells for $2.76 million at auction

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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.

While automotive classics and artwork auctions generally bring in the most cash for their rare items, movie memorabilia auctions also see some hefty amounts being thrown around for truly desirable items and rare collectibles. "An Industrial Automaton R2 series Astro-mech, or more popularly known as an #R2-D2 Droid in the "#Star Wars" franchise, was sold for a whopping $2.76 million.

Despite looking like a dustbin with a couple of shonky robot legs attached, it turns out the original R2-D2 model is super valuable.

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Other space-themed film and television memorabilia was also for sale, with a collection of 23 ships from "Battlestar Galactica" and "Buck Rogers" sold for $1.8 million.

Entertainment Weekly confirmed the sale, which was completed on Wednesday at Profiles In History, a California-based auction house in Calabasas.

It is as close as anyone will ever come to owning THE R2-D2. Instead of Kenny Baker being inside the droid, R2-D2 was portrayed using radio controlled props and CGI in The Phantom Menace, Attack Of The Clones, and Revenge Of The Sith.

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