E.T. fans in the house – this one is for you! The adorable mechatronic model, used in Steven Spielberg’s 1982 classic and rightly touted as an engineering marvel is all set to go under the hammer, and it could be yours for a cool $3 million. Yes, you read that right!
A result of painstaking workmanship and a genuine piece of modern cinema history, the model features 85 points of movement. It is made from duraluminium and can blink and also make abdomen rotations thanks to both its electric and mechanical cables.
Commenting on it, Jason DeBord, Chief Operating Officer at Julien’s Auctions that will be selling the masterpiece said, “This model is truly a work of art and an engineering masterpiece. 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.”
In addition to the original E.T. model, the auction will also offer a digital 360-degree animated representation of the mechatronic model minted as an NFT – created by Julien’s Auctions in association with Rambaldi Studios, and Web3 platform TINAM.
The “Julien’s Auctions and TCM Present: Icons & Idols: Hollywood” event will take place from December 17 to 18 in Beverly Hills or online at JuliensLive.com. Other items on sale will include an original hero prop Nimbus 2000 broom belonging to Harry Potter from the production of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” a 1943 Oscar trophy presented to W. Howard Greene for the film “Phantom of the Opera.”, three dresses worn by Marilyn Monroe, and more.