Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Auction

The Supercomplication holds the record for the most complex pre-digital timepiece

It says something that a watch made in 1932 keeps breaking world records, and the Henry Graves Supercomplication watch did just that today as it was knocked down by Sotheby’s Geneva for a record-breaking CHF 23.2 million (US$24 million). The Supercomplication, which also holds the Guinness record for the most complicated handmade pre-digital timepiece, was purchased by an anonymous buyer after 15 minutes of competition between five bidders.  Read More

Wally Schirra examines the Hasselblad camera alongside Deke Slayton (L), and Gordon Cooper...

The first Hasselblad camera body and Zeiss lens sent into space during the Mercury-Atlas 8 mission in 1962 and the Mercury-Atlas 9 mission the following year are up for auction. The historic camera set, which was originally purchased over the counter, goes on the auction block on November 13 at the gallery of Boston-based RR Auction.  Read More

This 1966 Ferrari 275 Gran Turismo Berlinetta Competizione Scaglietti won its class at the...

Ferrari dominates the rare car market with 53 percent of the most valuable cars ever sold at auction, 30 cars in the top 50, 14 cars in the top 20 and nine of the top ten. This 1966 Ferrari 275 Gran Turismo Berlinetta Competizione Scaglietti won its class at the Le Mans 24 Hours, Spa-Francorchamps 1000 km and 1969 Imola 500 km. It has since won concours events and is likely to become one the most expensive cars ever sold when it crosses the auction block next January in Scottsdale.  Read More

Bonhams' estimates the 1929 Brough Superior Alpine Grand Sports (top two) will fetch betwe...

The one liter V-twins from Brough Superior and Vincent are the world's two most sought-after motorcycles – that's a fact. Now two perfect examples will cross the block on the same day. The Alpine Grand Sports Brough will most likely become one of the top ten most expensive motorcycles.  Read More

An Apple 1 computer was sold for $905,000 last week

When it was announced earlier this month that a 1976 Apple 1 motherboard would be up for grabs at the Bonhams' History of Science auction in New York, we wondered whether the sale prices such artifacts have attracted in the past adequately reflects their value as landmark innovations. This sale looks to have bucked the trend in the most emphatic fashion, attracting a successful bid of US$905,000 and becoming the most expensive Apple computer ever sold.  Read More

The Captain America machine has spent quite some time on display at the National Motorcycl...

The Harley Panhead Chopper ridden by Peter Fonda in the 1969 "road movie" Easy Rider sold today for US$1.35 million ($1.62 million including auction fees), more than doubling the price of the previous most expensive motorcycle ever sold at auction (a 1910 Winchester). "Captain America" will now sit atop our Top 100 most expensive motorcycle list, and we're predicting that it will be there for quite some time.  Read More

The sixties saw the emergence of a new star on the entertainment stage - the celebrity car...

One of the many fascinating aspects of the emergence of the fast growing collectibles marketplace is the point where categories intersect to create a multiplication effect. Automobile collecting and the entertainment industry meet in the movie car category. The top 12 movie cars ever to sell at auction are all pictured. Can you recognize them?  Read More

The 'Captain America' chopper ridden by Peter Fonda in Easy Rider is expected to become th...

The Stars-and-Stripes-adorned "Captain America" chopper ridden by Peter Fonda in the classic American road movie Easy Rider will cross the block on October 17 and is expected to become the world’s most valuable motorcycle if its auction estimate of US$1,000,000 to US$1,200,000 is met.  Read More

According to Bonhams, around 200 of the Apple 1 computers were built and were the first pr...

We have previously argued here at Gizmag that the rate of technological advancement, which often banishes early iterations of a product to the realms of obsolescence, has obscured the true worth of some of our landmark innovations. As such, sales like the upcoming History of Science auction at Bonhams New York could provide fine opportunities for medium-term investments in rare collectibles, like a 1976 Apple 1 motherboard.  Read More

Sir Ken Adam, designer of the 'Q Branch' DB5, and the scale replica (Image: Aston Martin)

A one-third scale gold-plated replica of James Bond’s iconic Aston Martin DB5 complete with "Q Branch" gadgets is being auctioned off by Christie’s auction house. The auction, which marks the 50th anniversary of the première of Goldfinger, is being staged to raise money for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).  Read More

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