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Thursday, November 23, 2017

"Robby the Robot" -- from the 1956 sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet -- was sold for $5.375 million -- a record price for a movie prop, the Bonhams New York auction house said Tuesday. That topped the previous marks of $4.6 million for both Marilyn Monroe's white dress from The Seven-Year Itch and the original 1966 Batmobile, Bonhams said. The buyer's name wasn't released. "One of the most iconic sci-fi figures to appear on the silver screen," Bonhams said, "seven-foot tall Robby the Robot captured the imagination of audiences everywhere in Forbidden Planet as the devoted servant to Professor Morbius, one of the few inhabitants of the distant planet Altair IV. Conceived and built by a team of MGM designers for the 1956 film, including Mentor Huebner and Robert Kinoshita, Robby's groundbreaking appearance broke away from earlier clunky "tin-can" designs for movie robots." Robby cost $100,000 to build -- at the time, an unheard-of price for a movie prop, Bonham's said.

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The Forbidden Planet has always been one of my favorite Science Fiction movies. Great Sci Fi storyline and Robbie was just The BOMB! Also, a young Leslie Nielsen in a dramatic and romantic role. Also the best special effects ever developed in the 50s. Any SciFi fan here who has never seen it would find it worthy of tracking down.

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#1 | Posted by MSgt at 2017-11-23 01:47 PM | Reply

Previous owners were really big in the porn biz. Ol Robby was used as a prop in a number small films.

Can post links to some of them but don't know RCADE's policy on that.

#2 | Posted by Pegasus at 2017-11-25 01:39 AM | Reply

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