Expensive gadgets: Tech sold at auction

They paid how much for that camera?! T3 takes a look back at the costliest pieces of tech to go under the hammer in recent years

In a week when the oldest television in the UK, a Marconi Type 702 goes under the hammer expecting to fetch a pricely sum of £5,000, it had us wondering about the other tech that has made big money in the auction room.

 

Courtesy of the guys at the Guinness World Records we've rounded up the tech-related items to end up in the possession of wealthy collectors across the world.

 

See below for the most expensive tech sold at auction

 

1/ Most expensive camera sold at auction

A 1839 daguerrotype camera made famous by Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre, made £565,274 at an auction held by Galerie Westlicht auction house in Vienna, Austria in March 2007.The winning bid was placed via the internet by an anonymous bidder.

 

2/ Most expensive radio sold at auction

The Marconi Multiple Tuner became the priciest piece of wireless receiver equipment after fetching £15,997 at Phillips Bayswater, UK on 11th May 1993. The Tuner hosted several new technologies including tuned circuits, variable inductance (variocouplers), and variable condensers and could tune over a range of 80 to 2,600 m.

 

3/ Most expensive pen sold at auction

A Japanese collector paid 1.3 million French francs (£122,677) in February 1988 for the Anémone fountain pen made by Réden, France. It was encrusted with 600 precious stones, including emeralds, amethysts, rubies, sapphires and onyx and took skilled craftsmen over a year to complete.

 

4/ Most expensive watch sold at auction

A Patek Phillipe watch became the most expensive timepiece when it was sold for £6,882,154 on December 2nd 199 at Sotheby's, New York, USA.

The Henry Graves Supercomplication pocketwatch features 24 complications, including a perpetual calendar, moon phases, and sidereal time. It has 900 individual parts including 430 screws, 110 wheels, 120 various movable parts and 70 jewels. The 19-ounce watch can also fit in the palm of a hand.

 

5/ Most expensive cigarette lighter sold at auction

It was perhaps unsurprising, that an original 1933 Zippo lighter was sold for £6,135 by Ira Pilossof on 12 July 1998, make it the world's most expensive lighter sold at auction. Highly coveted amongst Zippo collectors, the 1993 model was cut from seamless brass tubing, and uniquely featured a square design without any slash marks on the two corners, which can now be found on all later Zippo models.

 

6/ Most expensive telephone number sold at auction

The most amount of money paid for a mobile phone number is 10 million QAR (then £1.46 million; $2.75 million), by an anonymous Qatari bidder for the number 666-6666 during a charity auction hosted by Qatar Telecom in Doha, Qatar on 23 May 2006.

 

7/ Most expensive robot sold at auction

A rare Masudaya Machine Man (see right), a battery operated bump 'n' go robot released in the late 1950's sold at Christie's, London, UK in July 1999 for £29,900.

 

8/ Most expensive telescope sold at auction

A very rare type of binocular telescope signed and dated 1720 was sold at Christie's, London, UK in December 1998 for £155,500.

  

More great technology records can be found in the Guinness World Records 2011 which is out now. For more information on the latest book visit www.guinnessworldrecords.com

 

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