Forbidden Planet's Robby the Robot becomes world's most expensive piece of classic movie memorabilia after selling for more than $5MILLION

Mail Online | 11/22/2017 | Charlie Moore For Mailonline
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Robby the Robot from sci-fi film Forbidden Planet has become the world's most expensive piece of classic movie memorabilia after selling for more than $5million.

The seven-foot robot which has metal claws, a domed head and speaks 188 languages, starred in the 1956 film as the servant of Dr Morbius on Altair IV - known as the Forbidden Planet.

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The robot was auctioned by Bonhams New York for a world record price $5,375,000 in the TCM Presents* Out of This World! auction.

It smashed the $5million paid in 2013 for the Maltese Falcon statuette from the cinema noir classic of the same name to become the most valuable film prop sold at auction.

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The robot also beat the prices paid for the white dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in The Seven-Year Itch, which made $4.6million in 2011, and the original 1966 Batmobile, that sold for $4.6million in 2013.

Dr Catherine Williamson, the director of Entertainment Memorabilia at Bonhams, said: 'This is an out-of-this-world result for one of the most loved items in movie history.

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'Robby the Robot is one of those symbols of American culture that is embedded in our DNA.

'We are thrilled for the consignor, William Malone, who has cared for Robby for so many years and we are delighted that so many of Robby's fans took the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see him at Bonhams.'

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