Fri September 18, 2020
E.T. The Movie Bank
This item is a fired casting from the original mold in the shape of E.T.'s upper half. The bottom is marked "E.T. © UNIVERSAL CITY STUDIOS." His throat is marked "E.T. 83 J RUMPH." Measures 5.75" tall and 5.75" wide.
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Added on: 01/19/2003
Added by: THE RUMPH Webmaster (email me!) from Dallas, TX
Current Estimated Value in Excellent Condition: $450-$750
Jim had a picture of Steven Spielberg's mother, whom Jim befriended, holding this piece. I'm not sure, but I think it was featured with her in one of the local papers.
Added by Mark Daley from San Jose, Ca. on 04/26/2004
According to a recent ebay listing:
Jim Rumph gave one of these E.T. busts to Mama Spielberg (she owned a deli in West LA) with the idea that Steven would grant him a license to make ET pieces given Rumph's track record with the Star Wars mugs for Lucas. Mama Spielberg even posed with it in her 1982 People Magazine article when E.T. was released. For whatever reason, Rumph never got the license (perhaps too expensive or already granted to someone else), but Spielberg did have Rumph make several copies for himself and friends. Rumph made a few more and gave them to his friends. Legend has it that appx. 20 were made in total. This particular piece was given to Ray Bradbury by Rumpph.
Added by THE RUMPH Webmaster from Dallas, TX on 01/23/2015
This one was given directly to me by Jim and is the only one known to have a painted gold finger.
Added by Larry Shapiro from Thousand Oaks, CA on 03/19/2015
This one came from Jim's estate and was dedicated to his mother.
Added by THE RUMPH Webmaster from Dallas, TX on 05/16/2016
These are some photographs of the E.T.'s that were recently sold from his estate.
Added by THE RUMPH Webmaster from Dallas, TX on 04/04/2017