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Rare vellum Aristotle "de Animabilis" goes to auction - the foundation of the study of biology

The auction of a landmark scientific document by Aristotle on Wednesday afternoon will make compelling viewing for those who value scientific heritage. The recently rediscovered luxe vellum edition of Aristotle's "de Animabilis" is expected to break auction records, being the first ever book on biology and the single most important source of zoological information for 2,000 years ... and the auction will be streamed on the internet so you can watch it live. Read More

Inventors & Remarkable People Feature

The stopwatch: 200 years old and still ticking

Time stopped 200 years ago … then it was restarted, stopped again, and reset. No, this isn't some obscure retrospective application of relativity, we're talking about the invention of the stopwatch. In 1816 Louis Monet created a device known as the compteur de tierces – a fascinating tale in itself that only came to light a few years ago – and the era in which intervals of time could be accurately measured began. The advent of these little second counters has not only had a profound impact on our daily lives, but changed our very definition of time. Let's take a look back at how it all started.Read More

Collectibles

Historic flintlock pistols take aim at auction record

A pair of early superbly-crafted 19th century rifled flintlock pistols that link three of the greatest revolutionary heroes of the New World are headed for auction at Christie's in New York. The presentation pair of pistols given by General Marie Paul Joseph Gilbert Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, to Simon Bolivar, will go under the hammer on April 13, with estimates putting the price at a record-setting level of between US$1.5 million and $2.5 million.Read More

Space

Zeiss telephoto lens used on Apollo 15 up for auction

In October 2015, Boston-based RR Auction set a new record for astronaut memorabilia when the only privately-owned watch to be worn on Moon sold for US$1.6 million. This watch, which was flown on Apollo 15 in 1972, is now followed to the auction block by a Zeiss telephoto lens from the same mission. The Zeiss Tele-Tessar 500mm f/8 lens by Carl Zeiss AG was used by Mission Commander David R Scott with a Hasselblad camera body to set a new standard of photography on manned lunar missions and is expected to fetch around half a million dollars.Read More

Automotive

Ferrari 335S Spider Scaglietti sells for US$35.7 million (updated)

A Ferrari 335S Spider Scaglietti sold for US$35.7 million (€32,075,200) at Artcurial's Retromobile auction in Paris on February 5. The car narrowly failed to break the world record of $38.115 million set by a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO in August, 2014, but eclipsed the $29.605 million fetched by Juan Manuel Fangio's 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 Silver Arrow in July, 2013, becoming the second most valuable car ever sold at auction. There is however, a catch, because depending on the currency used, the sale price is indeed a world record.Read More

Motorcycles

Las Vegas January motorcycle auctions preview: The state of the market

January's Las Vegas motorcycle auctions are the epicenter of the world's collectible motorcycle marketplace. The world's two dominant motorcycle auction houses hold back-to-back auctions in the first few days of January (Bonhams on January 7 and Mecum Mid-America on January 8-9, 2016) that this year will see 850 of the world's most desirable motorcycles up for sale over three days. The Las Vegas motorcycle auctions are a significant global event, as they strongly influence the market for the remainder of the year. Here's the story leading into the auctions ...Read More

Bonhams auctions rare spy camera

A piece of Cold War memorabilia is going on sale in Hong Kong as Bonhams auctions a rare spy camera disguised as a packet of Lucky Strike cigarettes. The high precision 16 mm stills camera was made by the Mast Development Corp in 1949 or 1950 for the US Signal Corps and is believed to be one of only two in existence.Read More

Computers

"World's first personal computer" sells for €34,000

One of only ten surviving Kenbak-1 personal computers from 1971 has sold at auction for €34,000 (US$36,500). Judged the "first commercially available personal computer" in 1987 by a panel at the Boston Computer Museum that included Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, it's a fascinating piece of history that sheds a light on the chaotic early days of the desktop computer.Read More

Collectibles

First digital computer installed on a manned spacecraft goes to auction

A Space Age collectible that not only represents a first in space, but also a first in computer history is on the auction block in Dallas, Texas. As part of its Space Exploration Signature Auction, Heritage Auctions is taking bids for a vintage random access, non-destructive readout 4,096 bit memory plane that flew on Gemini 3. This ferric memory unit was an integral part of the Gemini Spacecraft Computer, which was the first computer installed in a manned space capsule.Read More

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