Carlo Rambaldi and E.T.
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E.T. Phone Home: Original E.T. Model Scores Millions at Auction

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An original model of E.T. raked in $2.56 million at Julien's Auctions' recent Icons & Idols: Hollywood auction. The mechatronic model of Elliot's otherworldly pal from 1982's "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" headlined the event, which showcased an additional 1,300 nostalgic mementos and artifacts from Tinsel Town. 

The model was created by Italian special-effects artist Carlo Rambaldi and was considered such an engineering marvel that Rambaldi earned his third Academy Award for visual effects. With 85 points of movement, including an extendable neck, it's one of the last remaining models used for the film. The auction site referred to the model as "one of the rarest and most remarkable pieces of Hollywood memorabilia ever to come to auction."

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