Start Saving Robby the Robot Goes Up for Auction

first_img Robby the Robot, star of Forbidden Planet and The Invisible Boy, will be available for auction next week.A centerpiece of Bonhams’ upcoming “Out of This World” auction, the robot suit is expected to fetch seven figures when it goes on sale Nov. 21.“We’ve been pals for a long time now,” movie director William Malone said of Robby, the lovable machine first seen in MGM’s 1956 film Forbidden Planet.AdChoices广告It’s been 38 years since the collector purchased his mechanical friend—along with studio storage cases containing spare parts—from the Stars Museum in Buena Park, Calif.Standing tall at seven-foot-six, the 300-pound bot cost $125,000 (or roughly seven percent of the movie’s budget) to manufacture. (That’s more than a million dollars by today’s standards.)Robby the Robot (via Bonhams)Forbidden Planet was one of the first big-budget sci-fi pictures released in color by a major studio. In fact, it was MGM’s first science fiction movie of any kind.Following his film debut, Robby enjoyed a career most actors can only dream of, collecting more than 30 credits in 50 years, including follow-up flick The Invisible Boy, as well as movie and TV appearances in The Twilight Zone, The Addams Family, Lost in Space, Columbo, Hollywood Boulevard, Mork & Mindy, The Love Boat, Gremlins, and Earth Girls Are Easy.Fans can purchase a life-size animatronic copy of Robby the Robot for $32,000 from Hammacher Schlemmer.You’ll probably need some extra pocket cash, though, if you want to own the original (albeit oft-repaired) version.Robby’s Jeep (via Bonhams)Robby—along with his Jeep, control panel, MGM packing cases, and several original spare parts (including an alternative head) will be available next week.Under Malone’s ownership, Robby has met fans at numerous events, including some organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science. But a lack of public exposure for the robot and “impractical”-to-arrange appearances has led Malone to a tough decision.“I think it’s time Robby finds a place where he can be displayed, and someone who can look after him in the future,” he told Bonhams. “Of course, he will leave an empty spot in my house.”Other auction highlights include a lightsaber from Return of the Jedi, George Reeves’ Superman costume from Adventures of Superman, and an original Harper Goff scrapbook of his work on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ Adaptation Will Be ‘True to Spirit’ of Novel11 Geek Authors Whose Lives Would Be Great Movies Stay on targetlast_img read more