An unknown, but obviously wealthy individual recently used the force of their wallet to purchase an epic piece of Star Wars memorabilia, an R2-D2 droid used in the original trilogy.
It’s either a great investment in a priceless piece of Hollywood history or a really, really expensive toy. Or maybe a bit of both.
According to the Associated Press, the 43-inch droid, salvaged from parts used in the original trilogy, was sold at the Profiles in History auction house in California, which is known for dealing in Hollywood memorabilia.
The loveable little droid, played by the late Kenny Baker, wasn’t the only piece of Star Wars memorabilia auctioned off at the event; Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber from the first two movies sold for nearly half a million while Vader’s helmet sought just under $100,000. But neither of those items stirred up the bidders quite like the R2-D2.
The purchaser of the nearly $3M robot is unknown, but we’re betting it’s someone famous like Amy Schumer, who has a documented history with the droid. Or perhaps it was Kim K, who was recently revealed to have been the mystery buyer of the Jackie Kennedy watch that sold at auction for $400,000. We know her bidding paddle works.
Whoever it was must have had some competition, because the auction house had estimated the piece would sell for just $2M.
Maybe, just maybe, the person who just had to have it already owns a C-3PO and this is part of the plan to reunite the two old friends. That would be sweet.