An R2-D2 droid was sold for the same amount of money it takes to produce about three seconds of an onscreen lightsaber battle, give or take. At a movie memorabilia auction held in California Wednesday, an anonymous buyer dropped a whopping $2.76 million for the piece of film history, which was built using parts from the filming of the original Star Wars trilogy, the Associated Press reports.
The auction house, called Profiles in History, had estimated that the droid could go for as much as $2 million. Clearly it underestimated the fervor of true Star Wars fandom. By comparison, a lightsaber wielded by Luke Skywalker in the first two films fetched a paltry $450,000 by comparison. Darth Vader’s helmet (presumably not the battered one we see in The Force Awakens) went for $96,000.
The costume, which was worn by actor Kenny Baker in the original films, instantly skyrockets to the top of the list of the most expensive Star Wars memorabilia ever sold. According to Mental Floss, the previous item was the Panavision PR 35 camera used by George Lucas to film A New Hope. That went for just $625,000.
Star Wars memorabilia is something of a micro-industry in and of itself, driven mostly by middle aged men who can afford to succumb to the nostalgia of their youth in such a major way. That begs the question: who will be the lucky millennial to one day own the original BB-8 from The Force Awakens? It won’t be cheap, so start saving up your bitcoins now.