The Original E.T. Model From The Movie Is Going Up For Auction, And You'll Just Need A Couple Million Bucks

Someone is going to have one seriously out-of-this-universe Christmas this year. Turner Classic Movies and Julien's Auctions are auctioning off the original mechatronic model created to play E.T. in "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial." The mechanized puppet that served as the E.T. Hero "No .1" model will be sold to the highest bidder during an event called "Icons & Idols: Hollywood" in Beverly Hills and online at, so in theory, you could bring E.T. home to your home ... you'll just need a couple of million dollars first (an estimated $2 million to $3 million, to be precise). 

The Hollywood Reporter shared all of the fun details of the upcoming auction, just in case someone wins the lottery between now and then and feels like buying a piece of cinema history. And if extraterrestrials aren't your cup of tea, there are plenty of other fantastic bits of Hollywood history on the auction block, including three dresses worn by Marilyn Monroe and Charlton Heston's Moses staff from "The Ten Commandments." They might cost a pretty penny, but each of these items has some significance, especially that E.T. model. Reese's pieces not included. 

Bring E.T. home

The E.T. model is pretty impressive, especially considering that it's more than 40 years old. In order to bring the little alien to life, director Steven Spielberg's team had to create a mechanized model with "85 points of movement." The mechanical puppet was created by special effects artist Carlo Rambaldi, and is considered to be a feat of engineering. Any kid who ever saw "E.T." knows the magic of seeing the little glowing-fingered guy come to life. Just imagine the fun you could have with an E.T. of your very own. Imagine the bike rides!

If you have the money to spare and want some other cinematic goodies, there are a ton of other items up on auction, including the Oscar trophy presented to "Phantom of the Opera" cinematographer W. Howard Greene in 1944, one of Harry Potter's Nimbus 2000 brooms from "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone", the boxing shorts and gloves worn by Robert De Niro in "Raging Bull," and props from "Rocky," "Titanic," "Alien," "Captain America: The First Avenger," and "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace." 

The auction will take place December 17 and 18, 2022, in Beverly Hills and online at Registration is required to bid in the online auction and can be done before the sale at If you can't afford to buy the original E.T., you can always pick up some other good "E.T." swag, like the making-of coffee table book! Oh well, at least one lucky person will get to take E.T. home.