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Our favorite alien friend, ET, has a new home after it sold for $2.56 million at auction over the weekend.
The alien mechatronic archetype from Steven Spielberg’s 1982 classic Any. t. extra terrestrial Titled by Julien’s Auctions is “Icons and Idols: Hollywood.” Held in partnership with Turner Classic Movies, the auction offered over 1,300 Hollywood artifacts.
Considered a masterpiece of engineering, the mechatronic model features 85 motion points and won Italian artist Carlo Rambaldi his third Academy Award for Visual Effects in 1983.
“One of the rarest and most amazing pieces of Hollywood memorabilia ever to come to auction, Julien’s is honored to present one of the newest and last surviving real-life animated artifacts used during the making of the beloved and beloved film. Any. t. extra terrestrialthat captured the hearts of audiences all over the world.”
The tiny alien’s stretchy neck was inspired by one of Rambaldi’s own paintings of women from his native Italy, which he depicted with long necks, according to the auction site. Rambaldi believed that the neck could serve as an “empathetic” way of interacting with humans.
“We all regard him as a living, breathing creature, a real creature who, in my experience, I believe is the eighth wonder of the world of cinema,” Spielberg said, according to the auction.
Screenshot of Julian’s auction website
An original Rambaldi maquette from E.T., which was shown to Spielberg during pre-production to visualize the character’s concept, sold for $125,000.
Other notable sales include the Harry Potter Nimbus 2000V broom Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Which sold for $128,000, Thor Mjölnir’s hammer from Thor: The Dark World which sold for $115,200, and Darth Maul’s double lightsaber from Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace which sold for $51,200.
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