E.T.’s new home? Mechanical alien model from Spielberg film is up for sale


The mechanical alien model from Steven Spielberg’s 1982 classic E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial could fetch as much as US$3 million when it goes up for auction in December, according to Julien’s Auctions.

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial and Steven Spielberg poses for a portrait in Los Angeles, California | Photo by Aaron Rapoport/Corbis/Getty Images

The model is part of a two-day auction in Beverly Hills, California, on December 17 and 18. It will be sold off alongside other Hollywood memorabilia, including three dresses worn by Marliyn Monroe and a prop broomstick used in the filming of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, according to Julien’s Auctions.

Hollywood memorabilia has an active market, and collectors often spend millions on items from the sets of their favourite movies. A dress worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz sold for more than US$1.5 million in 2015, and the Cowardly Lion costume from the same film fetched US$3 million the year before. In 2019, an Aston Martin DB5 used in the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball sold at auction for $6.4 million.

Carlo Rambaldi, (1925-2012) Italian special effects artist and Academy Award winning creator of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, May 20th, 1982 | Photo by Ben Martin/Getty Images
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