Piece of Cinematic History Up for Grabs
The animatronic E.T. head specially crafted for Steven Spielberg’s 1982 hit “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” was recently auctioned off to the highest bidder as part of a Hollywood memorabilia sale.
Oscar-Winning Special Effects Master Behind Creation
Renowned effects artist Carlo Rambaldi built the iconic head, bringing E.T. to life through mechanical and technical wizardry. Three additional heads were made for facial expressions and costumes.
Winning Bid Soars to Lucrative Heights
After 12 bids, an unnamed winner paid a considerable $635,000 to claim the historic screen-used E.T. head – a hefty sum reflective of the beloved film’s lasting cultural imprint.
How E.T. Magic Was Brought to the Big Screen
Rambaldi worked closely with little people and a boy born without legs to portray E.T. through his extraordinary puppetry. The head was placed above child actors who would peer out through the chest.
Spielberg Classic Resonated Widely
Upon release in 1982, “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” became a wildly lucrative sensation under director Spielberg, earning Oscar wins and cementing its place as a science fiction masterpiece still adored today.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn