Original Star Wars R2-D2 blueprint up for auction



2015-11-06 11:13:39

Star Wars fans currently have the chance to bid on a piece of genuine movie history – the original blueprint for R2-D2.

The blueprint design was the work of John Stears, the celebrated effects designer who won an Academy Award for his work on  Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

Stears first made his name creating effects for the first eight James Bond films. Affectionately known as 'The Real Q', he was responsible for many of the series' famous gadgets – most notably the Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger, complete with revolving license plates, machine guns and an ejector seat.

Having won an Oscar for his work on the 1965 Bond film Thunderball, Stears also helped design flying cars for the classic children's film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

In 1976 Stears received a call from George Lucas, himself a huge James Bond fan, with an offer to design mechanical effects for his new film Star Wars. Stears accepted, and went on to create some of the film's most iconic props including lightsabers, the Death Star, Luke's speeder and, most importantly, droids C3-P0 and R2-D2.

The early blueprint for R2-D2 is dated January 8, 1976, and labelled "REVOLVING HEAD OF ARTOO – EXPERIMENTAL PROTOTYPE ONLY ALL PANELS."

The highly detailed production drawing measures 59" x 32", feature five different profiles of R2-D2's domed head, and bears Stears' own handwritten notes and measurements.

"This is an authentic one-of-a-kind piece of history that is a must have for any serious Star Wars memorabilia collectors," said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions.  "With anticipation high for the upcoming Star Wars film, now is the perfect time to bring this 40-year-old artifact up for auction for the first time ever."]

Bidding in the online-only Goldin Auctions sale ends on November 14.

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