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R2-D2 sells at auction for over $2 million

A fan buys an iconic Star Wars droid pieced together from other R2-D2 prop parts at an auction in Southern California.


Would you spend over $2 million dollars on a R2-D2 prop?

Profiles in History

Owning a piece of film history doesn't always come cheap. Case in point: an R2-D2 droid prop reportedly fetched an impressive $2.75 million (about £2.08 million or AU$3.57 million), on June 28 at Profiles in History, an auction house in Calabasas, California. 

The R2-D2 unit isn't just from one of the Star Wars films, but from five of them. The complete R2-D2 prop was assembled from original components from Episodes IV, V, VI, I & II, according to the auction house's description page

The droid sold is made up of the top dome and eye lens from the R2-D2 filmed in "A New Hope." The prop is also made using two legs from the R2-D2 droid in "The Empire Strikes Back" and another leg from "The Phantom Menace."

Various detail pieces on the R2-D2 prop are from the body of the "A New Hope" R2-D2.

This wasn't the only Star Wars prop on the auction block. Luke Skywalker's original lightsaber prop used in both "A New Hope" and "The Empire Strikes Back" was sold at this Profiles in History auction for $390,000 (about £296,000 or AU$507,120).

The owners of both pricey Star Wars props remain anonymous.