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Robbie the Robot sells for $5.3 million in auction

The science fiction movie prop Robbie the Robot has sold at auction for $5.3 million, making it the second most expensive movie prop in history.

The complete Robby suit, control panel, his jeep, numerous spares, alternate original “claw” hands, and the original wooden stage shipping crates, were sold yesterday (November 21, 2017 ) by Bonhams in New York for US$5,375,000 including buyers premium.

The only purpose-built movie prop to have ever sold for more is Marilyn Monroe’s “subway dress” from The Seven Year Itch (1955) which was sold by Profiles in History for $5,520,000 (inc. buyers premium) in 2011.

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Want to own Robby the Robot? You can!

The robot prop from the classic 1956 science fiction film Forbidden Planet, Robby the Robot, is going up for auction on November 21.

The robot was purchased by its present owner in 1979, and has been sitting in his home since then.

In related auction news, one of eighty medals carried on the Apollo 17 mission is also going up for auction.

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September 8, 2016 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

Embedded below the fold. Beyond the normal science and space stuff, we also talked aboutStar Trek’s 50th anniversary. Batchelor also played audio of Jupiter’s magnetic field from Juno, and then compared the sound with the soundtrack from the 1956 film, Forbidden Planet. Trust me, if you know that move’s sound track, you will be amazed.
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The greatest electronic music of the fifties and sixties

Link here. Many of these could easily be an evening pause, other than the fact that they don’t have visuals. If you want to get a feel for the beginnings of electronic music, check them out. The styles range from space music to jazzy. The sampling even includes the electronic music from Forbidden Planet (1956), one of the best science fiction films ever made. I have put one as an example below the fold.
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