It’s like Antique Road Show’s greatest episode ever: A man who bought a lot of three photos at a California junk shop for $2 may have stumbled across what one authenticator calls “the Holy Grail of Western Americana.”
In June, Antiques Roadshow visited Birmingham, Alabama, my home for the last three years. I don't own a Tiffany lamp or a 19th century Chesterfield sofa. I do, though, have a flatscreen television that's ancient by consumer electronics standards. So that's what I brought to be appraised.
Children growing up today can't remember a world without computers. Typewriters, once ubiquitous in offices and considered the cutting-edge way to write, are now more of a quaint relic than an actual tool... which means they're perfect fodder for the latest installment of the Fine Brothers' "Kids React" series.
Today, diggers unearthed a cache of Atari 2600 game cartridges in a New Mexico landfill. Game aficionados have told the urban legend around the buried games for decades. Now I'm wondering: in a world of digital-only media, will this sort of discovery cease to exist? What do you think?
The Apple 1 is a little piece of history, the first in a lineage that's taken the world by storm since its birth in 1976. And that piece of history is worth a lot. An anonymous collector just picked up a still functioning(!) one of the suckers at auction for a cool $671,400. And you thought gaming PCs were expensive.
If only it were so easy as unzipping the case off of a camera to see its amazing insides. It's not, but Chinese art student Hu Shaoming reworked a bunch of old gadgets with zippers so you can peer at their innards.
While there's no way these would fly by Vegas standards, this set of antique, buffalo bone dice would be an incredibly cool—if not mildly creepy—way to add some character to any newfound gambling connoisseur's bag of tricks.
Maybe we've all been looking in the wrong place for proof of extra-terrestrial life. Because it's hard to imagine this incredibly complex transforming desk coming from anywhere but Cybertron, the home planet of the Autobots and Decepticons.
There's nothing quite as pungent as walking into a book store specializing in old tomes. But why do they produce such a strong and unique smell as they age? Basically every book is an organic chemical reaction just waiting to happen.
Looks like Mr. Zuckerberg has some explaining to do—he clearly stole the entire idea for Facebook from this 19th century girl's "friend urn"—or, if you will, Vasebook.
"Stephen G. Wozniak", "steven p. jobs" and "Ronald Wayne". The latter had the best signature on Apple Computer's founding contract, signed on April 1st, 1976. Too bad he used it again to sell his 10% share for $800.
Somewhere in between wooden stakes and Blade's katanas, the art of vampire hunting reached its apex with this ivory kit. Particularly its spring-loaded pistol that was also a dagger. And also also a gun. Buffy, eat your heart out.
Timur Civan was not content with the lens offerings for his Canon 5DmkII, so he outfitted it with a Wollensak 35mm F5.0 Cine-Velostigmat lens from 1908. That's over a hundred years of photography history in one camera. And it works!
Daguerreotype cameras are the great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandfathers of the devices we use for snapshots today. Recently the earliest—and with an expected price of 700,000 euro, the most expensive—examples of such a camera was rediscovered in a private collection.
This is the world's first phone directory—and it's going up for sale next month in New York at Christie's auctioneers. The Telephone Directory, Volume 1, Number 1, for New Haven, Connecticut, aptly enough, is, at 20 pages, more of a pamphlet than the kind of thing that big strong men rip in half to make the ladies…
It's unfortunate that the original auction page has been removed, because this handy vampire hunter kit put together by Ernst Blomberg provides everything you need to lay waste to unholy bloodsuckers, be they Nosferatu's children or your neighbor's five- year-old.
Now here's something you can do with grandpa's pocket watch: you just slide it into the Pocket Watch Alarm Clock and you have a mixture of old and new.