After more than 60 years in the movie business, one of Hollywood's biggest stars is finally getting the recognition he deserves.
Just days after a rare Dracula poster sold for an impressive $500,000 at auction, Robby the Robot broke records to become the most expensive movie prop ever sold. An anonymous bidder paid $5.3 million for the movie star robot.
Previous record-holders for the top movie prop included Marilyn Monroe's dress from The Seven Year Itch and the Batmobile, which both sold for $4.6 million, and the statuette from crime classic The Maltese Falcon, which went for $4 million at auction.
The charismatic tin can got his start in the movie business in the 1956 sci-fi thriller Forbidden Planet, where Robby played the robot servant of the evil Dr. Morbius. While he looks like an antique now, at the time Robby was a cutting edge special effect, and it cost MGM $100,000 to build him. Of course, Robby isn't a real "robot," just a suit with some fancy dials and gadgets inside.
He was voiced by Marvin Miller, and the actor inside the Robby suit was Frankie Darro (although Darro was never credited for his work on the movie). The suit's designer, Robert Kinoshita, credits 1950s washing machines with inspiring Robby's groundbreaking design.
In case you're wondering why this old hunk of junk sold for millions, it turns out he's had a pretty impressive career.