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Film robot rewrites record books

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Robby the Robot has now also blown away the price for the white dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in The Seven-Year Itch.

Robby the Robot, the life-size robot from the 1956 classic science fiction movie Forbidden Planet, sold at Bonhams New York for a world record price of nearly $5.4million in the “TCM Presents… Out of This World!” auction of classic movie memorabilia in November.

The saleroom at Bonhams Madison Avenue was packed, but bidding activity was all telephonic. A four-way battle ensued, with the bids at one point leaping from $3.6m to $4m, before Robby and his Jeep finally sold for $5.375m.

This means Robby has knocked the previous world record-holding prop – Bogart’s Maltese Falcon – off its perch. In 2013, Bonhams sold the Maltese Falcon statuette for $4m.

Robby the Robot has now also blown away the price for the white dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in The Seven-Year Itch, which made $4.6m in 2011, and the original 1966 Batmobile, sold for $4.6m in 2013.

Robby’s previous owner, filmmaker and collector William Malone, said: “I’m astounded by the result, but also sad to part with him. However, it’s time Robby finds a place where he can be displayed, and with someone who can look after him.” 

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