Original E.T. figurine sold for $2.6 million at auction
Sylvie Claire / December 19, 2022
The original animatronic figure of E.T the alien, used in Steven Spielberg's eponymous film, found a buyer this weekend for $2.6 million, according to the organizers of the sale.
The top lot in the two-day auction, held by Julien's and Turner Classic Movies, was presented along with 1,300 other movie props, from Robert De Niro's boxing gloves in Raging Bull to Thor's hammer.
The friendly alien has been one of the most famous characters in pop culture and science fiction since the release of the smash hit "E.T." in 1982.
Almost the entire figure is articulated: his bulging eyes, his long neck and of course his glowing finger that he flashes in the movie before uttering his cult line "E.T. house phone ».
A model of the brown alien was also sold for $125,000, slightly more than one of the bikes used in the final scene, which went for $115,000.
Other emblematic objects of the seventh art were offered and reached high bids, such as the stick with which Charlton Heston split the Red Sea in two in "The Ten Commandments" 448.000 dollars, and the Nimbus 2000 broom from Harry Potter 128.000 dollars.