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Stephen Hawking’s Wheelchair and Doctoral Thesis Sell in Million Pound Auction

A selection of work and belongings of the late theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking snatched hundreds of thousands of pounds per item at a recent Christie’s auction. Among the items sold were his motorised red leather wheelchair and a copy of his doctoral thesis Properties of Expanding Universes – one of five known copies – which sold for £296,750 pounds and £584,750 respectively. Read More >>

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Real Moon Rocks Go Up For Auction, Expected to Fetch £750,000

Have you ever wanted to own a piece of the moon? Now might be your chance, if you have a million bucks lying around. Next month Sotheby’s in New York will auction off some of the only moon rocks that can be legally owned by private individuals. Read More >>

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Manky 50-Year-Old Apollo Space Food up for Auction

This charming bit of plastic full of ancient brown stuff is one of the highlights of a forthcoming auction of a space enthusiast's entire collection, as it's an actual relic from the Apollo moon landing series. It's a grapefruit and pineapple drink designed to be casually consumed while in orbit around the moon. They think it'll sell for as much as £500 even though it's 50 years past its best. Read More >>

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Scientists Cry Foul as Skeleton of Mystery Dino is Auctioned Off for £1.75 Million

Beneath the metallic frame of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the fossilised remains of an unknown species of dinosaur sold to an anonymous buyer earlier today for €2 million (£1.75 million). A group of scientists had tried to stop the sale, saying such an important scientific discovery shouldn’t fall to a private collector. Read More >>

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German Enigma Machine Found at Flea Market Fetches Nearly £40,000 at Auction

A professor of cryptology has auctioned off a rare and fully-functional Enigma machine used by the Nazis to encrypt messages during the Second World War. Incredibly, the collector found the machine at a flea market in Bucharest—which suggests Romania may house other machines still waiting to be discovered. Read More >>

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You Can Own the Original ‘Just Two Years Away’ Flying Car for £3.86 Million

After spending 40 years and unspeakable amounts of investor money to make his dream a reality, Paul Moller’s flying car is finally available for purchase. But because flying cars are perpetually “just two years away,” Moller is actually auctioning off his original prototype, not a production model. Read More >>

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Buy These World War II Spy Gadgets But Don’t Tell Anyone

Everybody’s wondered what it would be like to be James Bond. Not the womanising or the killing or the endangering national security parts, of course. No, Gizmodo readers, it’s all about the gadgets, and today’s your lucky day. Read More >>

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Who Will Pay £240,000 for Hitler’s Bunker Phone?

If you have hundreds of thousands of dollars and are extremely creepy, you can now buy a one-of-a-kind piece of history: Adolf Hitler’s personal telephone. Read More >>

animals
This Dodo Skeleton Just Sold for Nearly £350,000

At an auction held earlier yesterday in the United Kingdom, a 95-per-cent-complete skeleton of an extinct dodo bird that was painstakingly assembled over the course of 40 years has sold to an unnamed private collector for a whopping £346,300. Read More >>

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Rare Nazi Enigma Machine Smashes Record at Auction

An exceptionally rare and fully-functional Nazi Enigma M4 enciphering machine used during the Second World War has sold for a whopping $365,000 /£237,671, setting a new world record at auction. Read More >>

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One-Off Maserati Boomerang Goes to Auction This September

An amazing collection of rare cars is set to be auctioned this September, with the highlight being this Maserati Boomerang -- a one-off prototype that's still road legal. Read More >>

crime
You Can Bid on Silk Road Boss Ross Ulbricht’s Multi-Million Bitcoin Stash

If you've always wanted to dabble in cryptocurrency speculation but you were just waiting until you could acquire some Bitcoin that you knew was FOR SURE used in digital drug deals, I have some good news for you: the United States Marshals Service is auctioning off 50,000 Bitcoin seized from Ross Ulbricht's personal computer. Read More >>

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Latest Apple I Auction Expected to Make Around £300,000

Another Apple I is about to go on sale, with early hardware handmade by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak set to change hands next week. Auction house Bonhams expects to get between $300,000 and $500,000 for the machine, which was successfully booted in August and used to be the toy of Mac enthusiast John Anderson. [Bonhams via The Register] Read More >>

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Original Star Wars Storyboards Show Iconic Scenes Before the Big Screen

Luke wasn't always a Skywalker: the original title of A New Hope was The Adventures of Luke Starkiller as taken from the 'Journal of the Whills'. A signed early-edition of that script is part of a cool selection of Star Wars memorabilia up for auction, including storyboard sketches and concept art. Read More >>