Own a Piece of the Terminator for a Mere $15,000

Own a Piece of the Terminator for a Mere $15,000

Are you a huge sci-fi fan who happens to have $15-20,000 just lying around? If so, you might be able to own a piece of movie history.

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What do you do when you're an underpaid staff member of a low-budget sci-fi film and production has just started to wrap? Well, if you're anything like my friends who're in film school, you take home some of the props and costumes to decorate your apartment. If the movie turns out to be the start of one of the biggest franchises of the next quarter century, you auction this stuff off when its value has appreciated by many thousands of dollars.

An assistant art director on the original Terminator film managed to save the robot arm seen on the right, which is from the T-800 cyborg model that was demolished at the end of the movie. While the model was blown up, Shay Austin snagged the arm and apparently kept it in a box with other props.

"We started picking up the pieces and I picked up the arm," Austin explained to Suvudu. "I stayed on the film until the very end including doing pick up shots. After that we wrapped quickly, and I had another job to go to, so I tossed the arm into a box with some other leftover props, and then into my storage. Because I liked the film so much I kept some of the pieces as my souvenirs."

Suvudu also has an in-depth description of the arm itself:

The metal arm measures approximately 24" in length and is partially articulated. One of the fingers has separated over time due to the soft-wiring of the endoskeleton's parts, done to allow it to fragment properly during the explosion. The arm was also aged by the art department of the film to look properly scorched in the explosion.

This isn't the first time a T-800 went on sale. The last time such an item was on the auction block, it sold for $20,000 (plus expenses). As a result, it's estimated that this prop will go for somewhere around $15,000.

Source: Suvudu via io9

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Wish I was rich right now especially :(

Oh, so tempting! But honestly, where would you put that?

First a TARDIS, then a Phaser, now the Arm of a Terminator? What's next? Vader's Control Pad... thing on his chest. Or perhaps something, anything from Firefly. Heck, maybe we'll get Warrant Officer Ripley's Ridiculous hairstyle.

Calumon: I thought she was a War Heroine, not America's Next Top Model.

I think I'd be more interested in the CPU from the first T-800. A neural-net processor capable of independent learning? Too bad even it couldn't run Crysis on Very High.... ba dum tssh

Jack and Calumon:
Heck, maybe we'll get Warrant Officer Ripley's Ridiculous hairstyle.

Do I get the rest of her, too? Specifically, the scene where Sigourney Weaver is in her bra and panties? Because I could totally get with that.

That's pretty cool but I'd rather spend the 15K on a gamind PC to kill all gaming PCs. If the arm worked though I'd consider it.

Wow. Thats quite a price! Goes to prove if you find the right buyers...

If I had too much money I'd buy it to slap people who play a Vuvuzela really hard!

If I had the money, in a second.

This reminds me of blizzard selling Frostmourn.... Dunno why.

Thats kind of cool, the guy gets a piece of history or a chunk of money, both are good things.

Awww... I only have $14,598. I'll never be able to use that... Oh well, I guess I'd better buy something practical instead...

Ooh! A world of warcraft account with 10 level 80s on one server! And they're all decked out in season 7 gear! Purchase...

tehweave:
Awww... I only have $14,598. I'll never be able to use that... Oh well, I guess I'd better buy something practical instead...

Ooh! A world of warcraft account with 10 level 80s on one server! And they're all decked out in season 7 gear! Purchase...

If I had money, I would actually do that and do every quest from the beginning, just to enjoy the experience without frustation and grinding. Then look if WoW is suddenly fun or not!

Meh. If it was the head or something, it might be worth it. Tough even if you want the novelty of it, it won't look good to have a random robotic arm in your house.

The Rogue Wolf:
I think I'd be more interested in the CPU from the first T-800. A neural-net processor capable of independent learning? Too bad even it couldn't run Crysis on Very High.... ba dum tssh

I'm thinking that joke is old by now because I have a 2 year old computer that runs Crysis on very high with no framerate issues so I'm thinking Crysis should by now (3 years after it's release) be playable on most computers with fairly minor and inexspensive upgrades.

That is awesome, but make sure you get some paper work to prove authenticity your just bought an expensive ass paper weight!

...Am I the only one seeing the irony in this? In the movies, the arm was what caused Skynet to be developed in the first place!

Xan Krieger:

The Rogue Wolf:
I think I'd be more interested in the CPU from the first T-800. A neural-net processor capable of independent learning? Too bad even it couldn't run Crysis on Very High.... ba dum tssh

I'm thinking that joke is old by now because I have a 2 year old computer that runs Crysis on very high with no framerate issues so I'm thinking Crysis should by now (3 years after it's release) be playable on most computers with fairly minor and inexspensive upgrades.

You'd be wrong if you thought that. I'm currently running a SLI GTX-480 setup and it will still not hit 60 fps on Very High (original Crysis). In dx9 mode, sure, 60 fps is easy, but that isn't tuly "very high" :P. So I guess it kinda depends on what your definition of framerate issue is. Heck the motion blur in Crysis is so good, that I find it to be sorta playable even down around 24 fps.

Who wants to help me a rob a bank so I can buy this? Anyone? Anyone at all?

superbatranger:
Who wants to help me a rob a bank so I can buy this? Anyone? Anyone at all?

Sure, we could rob a bank, or, I'll just melt down some gold bouilon and we'll go halfsies on the payment.

OT: As much as I love that arm and as sweet as it would look next to my screen, I really don't think I'd throw that much money away on an arm like that, in particular because I could probably get a replica of equal or better quality for way less.

Hm I wonder if I buy it and plug it into my Mac, if I'd basically start the robot uprising....

Hold the phones! I'll get my chequebook!

Seriously though, who pays for this stuff?

 

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