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Astonishing E.T. Animatronic Sells for $2.56 Million in Auction

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Astonishing E.T. Animatronic Sells for $2.56 Million in Auction

The sophisticated motion-capture robot found a new owner through Julien’s Auctions.

Within Stephen Spielberg’s iconic cinematic creation, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the lead extraterrestrial character was portrayed on screen by an advanced animatronic machine. Crafted by the Oscar-winning special effects guru Carlo Rambaldi in 1981, this animatronic marvel was skillfully engineered to display a diverse range of movements and expressions, breathing life into the character.

Recently, this monumental relic of movie-making lore went under the hammer at the “Icons and Idols: Hollywood” event, hosted by Julien’s Auctions in partnership with Turner Classic Movies.

Described as an engineering marvel, this unique animatronic masterpiece boasts 85 points of articulation and predates the introduction of CGI (Computer Graphic Imagery) effects in the film industry, having been designed, crafted, and engineered in 1981. During the making of E.T., Spielberg himself hailed the animatronic as “the eighth wonder of the movie world.”

Following an intense bidding war, the animatronic found its new home with an undisclosed buyer for an impressive $2.56 million. This acquisition notably marked the most substantial sale of the entire event, dwarfing other items like Charlton Heston's staff from The Ten Commandments, which fetched $448,000, and Marilyn Monroe's black wool dress that was sold for $256,000.

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