Robotic Alien Figure That Starred In ‘E.T.’ Sold for Interstellar $2.5 Million

  • The mechatronic model that brought film’s favorite extraterrestrial to life finally hit the block with Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills this weekend under their semi-annual “Icons and Idols: Hollywood” sale. Turner Classic Movies helped curate the two-day event’s whopping 1,300 lots.
  • This vintage machine animated the alien protagonist of Steven Spielberg’s E.T. (1982), and led the whole affair at a high estimate of $3 million. It ultimately went for $2.56 million.
  • “Nothing like this model will ever be created for a major motion picture again as it is just not practical in an era of such convincing computer-generated effects,” the auction house’s Chief Operating Officer Jason DeBord told Artnet News before the sale.
  • A 3D rendering of the contraption accompanied its purchase, minted as an NFT in a collaboration between the estate of famed special effects master Carlo Rimbaldi along with Julien’s and Web3 platform TINAM.
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