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The 1923 Leica 0-Series is expected to sell for around US$807,755

A collection of vintage Leica cameras are set to go to auction later this year at the WestLicht Photographica Auction. One of the standouts is a 1923 Leica 0-series camera. The 0-series model represented in the auction was one of just 25 of the cameras made by the company and has retained much of its original glory, although this particular camera as been fitted with a Galian finder rather than the folding version found on the original (typical for these cameras). The camera is in fully-working condition, and has the original paintwork and parts. The 0-series is expected to be the most expensive item at the auction, and sell for around US$807,755.  Read More

F40s marked the coveted Ferrari's 20th birthday at the Silverstone Classic in 2007

Ferrari F40 fans might wish to put the date July 22 in the calendar now, maybe even if you live somewhere a long way from Silverstone. The annual three-day Silverstone Classic is claimed to be the world's biggest classic motor racing festival. Held at the Silverstone F1 circuit in mid-July, the central focus of the massive festival is the historic racing which features the cream of motor racing drivers and cars from every era of motor sport. Whenever there's a significant automotive anniversary, such as the 50th anniversary of the E-type Jaguar, there's also a mass gathering of vehicles. This year the festival is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Ferrari F40 - already more than 50 of the original 1315 F40s produced have RSVP'd for the event, guaranteeing a world record.  Read More

World's oldest running car sells for US$4.6 million

The historically-significant 1884 De Dion Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-a-Dos Steam Runabout which we wrote up a few weeks back has sold at auction for US$4.62 million. Apart from being the winner of the first automobile race in history, it's also the world’s oldest running motor car, and now also the most valuable early motor car yet sold at auction.  Read More

Anchored at the Quays of the Old Port of Montreal, Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau offers passeng...

Sid Lee Architecture is the design firm behind the transformation of a 1950's steam ferry, currently named Bota Bota. The storied ship once operated as a ferryboat between Sorel and Berthier, Quebec during the 50's and 60's, followed by a stint as a Richelieu River show boat. The ship is now anchored at the Quays of the Old Port of Montreal and has been completely refurbished into a day spa, featuring five decks fitted with various spa installations.  Read More

Google and the Bletchley Park Trust have announced a fundraising scheme aimed at restoring...

Search giant Google has teamed up with the Bletchley Park Trust to kick start a fundraising effort to rebuild the records center known as Block C. A Google-supported garden party was held within the grounds of the famous WW2 decoding center last week to start off the restoration fund, which aims to transform the now derelict building into a visitor and learning center.  Read More

'The Earthscraper is the skyscraper's antagonist in an historic urban landscape where the ...

This ambitious "Earthscraper" concept from BNKR Aquitectura seeks to address several problems faced by Mexico City - a growing population, the lack of new plots for construction, the need to conserve historic buildings and height restrictions on new structures. "The historic center of Mexico City is in desperate need for a pragmatic make-over," says BNKR. The solution - build an inverted pyramid underneath the main plaza at the heart of the city.  Read More

The 1880 defense tower, located in the Suffolk wetlands

British home designer Duncan Jackson recently joined forces with architectural firm Piercy Conner to transform an 1880 defense tower in Suffolk, England into a stylish and accommodating home. The defense tower, being a historically-registered building, was transformed whilst maintaining its structural appearance and integrity. The project came with a list of obstacles, including the tower's round structure, minimal windows, 12 foot-thick walls and wetlands environment. Despite these hurdles, the joint venture successfully created a contemporary home with an abundance of light, warmth and a streamlined interior design.  Read More

How old is the Batboat III ?

Now you might be excused for thinking you were in some time-warp with this motorboat which fetched EUR 57,176 (US$77,588 ) at auction recently. Known as the Batboat III, it is powered by a 10.5-liter twin overhead camshaft V8 engine and has caused quite a ripple of excitement among nautical types. Given the above information and the accompanying photograph, have a guess at how old it is.  Read More

The Curtiss MF Seagull represents the era of flight, sailing, and engineering in one stunn...

Putting aside ugly flying cars, no one should fail to be moved by the gorgeous warm-colored wood, hammered copper trims and time-worn patina of this gorgeous piece of antiquity. One of the last known Curtiss MF Seagull Flying Boats is to be sold at auction on Tuesday April 13 at Bonhams in New York. Rich in history, this beautiful vintage sea plane was designed and created by engineer and aviator Glenn H. Curtiss, otherwise known as "the Father of Naval Aviation."  Read More

Berlin in the present day

When reconnaissance pilots brought back precious surveillance photos during World War II (WWII) they could not have imagined that they would one day be comparable with the cityscape seen from satellite 50 years into the future, and available around the world at the touch of a button. Google has made this possible with new functionality for Google Earth - historical WWII imagery - giving people a unique opportunity to see the effect of past events using today's mapping technology.  Read More

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