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Thursday 14 December 2017

A droid bidder snaps up Star Wars' R2-D2 at LA auction

The R2-D2 fetched more than £2 million at the Los Angeles auction (Profiles in History/PA)
The R2-D2 fetched more than £2 million at the Los Angeles auction (Profiles in History/PA)

An R2-D2 droid used in several Star Wars films has been sold for more than £2 million at a Los Angeles auction .

Auction house Profiles in History said the 43in unit, compiled from parts used throughout the filming of the original trilogy, sold for 2.76 million dollars (£2.1m) on Wednesday.

There was no information about who purchased the droid, the most expensive item offered in a movie memorabilia auction that included numerous props from the Star Wars franchise.

Other items up for sale included Luke Skywalker's lightsaber from the first two films, which sold for 450,000 dollars (£349,000) and Darth Vader's helmet from the original film, which fetched 96,000 (£74,400).

Profiles in History, based in Calabasas, had estimated the droid could fetch up to two million dollars before Wednesday's sale.

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 dollars (£1.4m).

A helmet worn by the late actor Bill Paxton on the set of Aliens fetched 51,000 dollars (£39,500).

Not all the items were out of this world - the lighted dance floor from Saturday Night Fever fetched 1.2 million dollars (£930,000).

AP

Press Association

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