Robby The Robot on Auction - Forbidden Planet

on Saturday, April 26, 2008.

Online and Westhampton Beach, NY Ending May 14th, 2008

The one of a kind 80's replica was made by John Rigg-- 7-ft.-tall talking Robby the Robot from the film Forbidden Planet to be auctioned WESTHAMPTON BEACH, N.Y.  In an Internet auction closing May 14, Grey Flannel Auctions will offer a collection of coin-operated arcade machines and oversize figures that greeted visitors to the futuristic 1962 Seattle World's Fair.


Among the many incredible items in the auction is a 7-foot-tall (2.13 metres) talking Robby the Robot automaton used in the 1956 MGM film Forbidden Planet. Made of hard composite Fiberglas, its girth is 42 inches (61 cm.), and its extended arms add another 2 feet (over 1 metre) to each side. Black with a clear helmet, Robby is a versatile talker whose vocabulary includes the following phrases:

"Can I be of service, sir?"

"My beams are focused on your blasters, gentlemen."

"This is my morning run of isotope 217."

"For your convenience, sir, I am monitored to respond to the name Robby."

"If you do not speak English, I am conversant in 187 languages and dialects and their subtitles."

Grey Flannel has placed very modest reserves on items in this auction. Robby will be sold to the highest bid that makes or exceeds $2,500 (£1,246 or 1,586 euros).

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Another iconic, space-theme item from the 1962 Seattle World's Fair is a 1960s-style silver rocket emblazoned on its side in red with the words:

"Seattle or Bust."

Anyone can bid via the Internet through Grey Flannel Auctions' Web site (, by phone 1-631-288-7800, absentee, or by fax 1-631-288-7820. Please register in advance for the sale.

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