2014 Paris Motor Show highlights

Auction

The Casablanca 58-key mini-piano that is up for auction (Photo: Sotheby's)

The 58-key mini piano with which Dooley Wilson performed As Time Goes By in the classic movie Casablanca is going on the auction block on December 14, 2012, at Sotheby's in New York. Last sold at auction to a Japanese collector in 1988 for US$154,000, the auction estimate now ranges from $800,000 to $1.2 million.  Read More

Usain Bolt's custom Bolt Gold GT-R will be auctioned off for his charity

Nissan is dropping a special edition, one of a kind GT-R themed after Olympic superstar Usain Bolt. This limited edition Nissan GT-R is going up for a special charity auction starting on November 22. All the proceeds from the auction go to Usain Bolt's charity, aptly named the Usain Bolt Foundation, which helps children in Bolt's native Jamaica.  Read More

One of the six remaining fully-operational Apple I computers in the world is up for auctio...

On April 1, 1976, a new company was established to sell a ready-made personal computer designed and built by Steve Wozniak. The first Apple computers were assembled in the family garage of business partner and friend Steve Jobs and sold to the Byte Shop for US$500 each, subsequently retailing for $666.66. The rest, as they say, is history. Apple has since become a colossal consumer electronics concern, and of the 200 or so Apple I computers ever produced, only 43 have survived. Of those, just six are still in working order and one of those is scheduled to hit the auction block in Germany next month.  Read More

Raiden, a sketch by Konami's Yoji Shinkawa from Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, is among t...

An exhibition of rare, soon-to-be-auctioned video game art is on display at London's City Hall this week, as part of this month's London Games Festival. The work, which has been donated by games developers and which is to be sold off in aid of the charity SpecialEffect, includes a number of one-off canvas prints of digital renderings from recent triple-A titles such as Batman: Arkham City, Guild Wars 2 and Dishonored. Concept art and box art from older titles and mobile games are also in evidence. Having dropped in to see the work on show, here are a few of our favorite pieces.  Read More

Evanta Motor Co. has breathed new life into the Aston Martin classic DBR1 with a stunning ...

Britain's Evanta Motor Co. has paid tribute to the iconic Aston Martin DBR1 with a unique replica of the 1959 Le Mans winning vehicle. This isn't your average replica though - the parts are laid out on a gigantic AirFix-style frame that measures 6.35 meters (20.8 ft) wide and 3.30 meters (10.8 ft) tall.  Read More

Equipment, furniture, fixtures and fittings spanning a 70-year residency at Bush House in ...

At noon today, the very last BBC World Service broadcast was aired from London's Bush House, ending a residency lasting over 70 years. The whole of the Corporation's famous international service has now moved to new state-of-the-art offices at Broadcasting House in Portland Place, near Oxford Circus. All of the equipment, furniture, fixtures and fittings, however, have been left behind and are being sold off to the highest online bidder. The first of two sales is already open for bidding and includes complete mono and stereo mixing studios, a TV studio, a mind-boggling catalog of studio equipment, BBC memorabilia, office furniture and a Steinway grand piano.  Read More

Hundreds of Sega Master System games which made up part of an eBay auction

Collectors are a breed apart. Their interest in whatever they collect often begins and ends with obtaining a new item to add to their collection. Removing it from the packaging will affect the worth of the item, and handling it or using it in the way it was originally intended to be used is treachery of the highest order. Collecting isn't for everyone but those who do it can end up making a lot of money from their obsessive tendencies. So it is with the Frenchman who has sold a large part of his video games collection on eBay for US$1.2 million.  Read More

This 1991 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Sanction II Coupé was sold at auction by Bonhams for a...

Yet another world auction record fell during the week when a 1991 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Sanction II Coupé was sold for GBP1.23 million (US$1.93). One of just four cars built 30 years after the first batch, the car was previously owned by singer Phil Collins' manager Tony Smith and had just 4,748 miles on the odometer.  Read More

Take the automotive investment challenge - how much did these vehicles sell for at auction...

So you think you have an eye for value in assessing investment-quality cars and motorcycles? Here are a dozen cars and motorcycles that went to auction last week. We've included the official description, several images and the official estimates on price from the auctioneer. Can you guess how much each sold for? Answers at the bottom of the story.  Read More

The world's most expensive camera - the Leica 0-Series (Photo: WestLicht Photographica)

The Viennese WestLicht Photographica Auction House continued its stellar run of success with its 21st Camera auction in just its eleventh year as an auction house, when it recently broke its own world record for the fifth consecutive time by selling one of the original Leica 0-series cameras for €2,160,000 (US$2.77 million), including the buyer’s premium.  Read More

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