The Original 'E.T.' Mechanical Model Is Up for Sale

Only $3 million!

BY Allie GregoryPublished Nov 2, 2022

Phone home and see if your mom has any extra cash because the original mechanical model of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial from Steven Spielberg's 1982 classic is heading to auction.

Arranged by Julien's Auctions and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) as part of the Icons and Idols: Hollywood auction, the beloved alien — a marvel of practical effects for its time — is expected to fetch $3 million USD.

Elsewhere in the auction, the original E.T. maquette model (made for Spielberg to approve the E.T. design) is expected to sell for somewhere between $80,000 and $100,000, while E.T. blueprint mechanical illustrations should go between $10,000 and $20,000 each.

Idols and Icons also has listings for Harry Potter memorabilia, including the Nimbus 2000 from Philosopher's Stone, which is expected to fetch at least $100,000. A Gryffindor coat and scarf are also listed in the $20,000–$30,000 range.

The auction runs December 17–18 in Beverly Hills, just in time for holiday shopping — perfect if that special someone is into that kind of thing (and you have a boatload of cash to spare).

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