This is a truly amazing work of art and machinery. Built in Geneva by Rochat around the year 1820, these two pistol-like objects are actually tiny music boxes. When the user pulls the trigger, a tiny, realistic mechanical bird pops out of the end. It dances as the musical components play what sounds just like bird whistling.
This video from the auction house Christie's shows how devices work, including internal diagrams. You can skip to 1:45 in the video to see them in action.
Wednesday, Jun 1st 2011 (3:49am) | Thanks: runarounddead
Auction items that start at $13,000.00 on eBay aren't really what I'd call 'under the radar', Henson. Especially when they're for Department of Defense spy planes.
Wednesday, Mar 30th 2011 (10:56pm)
This is a TEXAS INSTRUMENTS graphic calculator. As in Texas the state - where everything's bigger - including the math. This calculator can solve Texas-sized problems. You hear that, Governor Rick Perry? I've got your answers right here - for a price.
Thursday, Feb 3rd 2011 (4:33pm) | Thanks: reddit
How fortunate for you - warm up the AMEX and head over to ebay. Fast.
Tuesday, Jan 18th 2011 (12:04am)
Walter has been kept locked in a bedroom without hugs or honey for days. No one knows Walter's location and the police have exhausted all leads. Walter is safe for now, but time is running out.
Friday, Mar 21st 2008 (6:59am)
Or more appropriately 'The King', in this oh-so-tacky Ramada Inn, Suite 611, bed from the 1970's.
because that's when this guy's feedback started getting real entertaining.
Thursday, Oct 18th 2007 (8:30am)
If so, you should pick up this underground Titan missile base complex in Washington. All the nifty subterranean rooms, tunnels, and silos sit under 57 acres of land. Sweet deal!
Tuesday, Oct 16th 2007 (6:22am)
Got a thousand pounds? You could own the Mystery Machine!
Monday, Sep 17th 2007 (6:37am)
Bob Barker has retired, and has donated his microphone to animal activists to auction off. So far, it's up to about 20k.
Friday, Jun 15th 2007 (6:55am)
Addicted to immediate gratification and got a buck burning a hole in your pocket? Last Minute Auction is the place for you.
Saturday, May 5th 2007 (10:28am)
And it's being sold by Bo Duke himself. 2.7 mil at post time, so it's time to call in those IRAs and CDs.
Thursday, May 3rd 2007 (8:17am)
What would you pay to party with a rock legend? Donít miss this chance to fly to LA for a VIP dinner with Gene Simmons & Shannon Tweed!
Only $21,000 so far Go for It!
Remember the crazy guy who built that Bear Suit? Well, his name is Tony Hurtubise, and he's sunk all his money and time (again) into a new invention for the military. Only, no one was interested so now it's up for auction on EBay.
It's called The Trojan, and you want it.
Wednesday, Feb 7th 2007 (1:47pm)
Sound the call for impeachment with this unique domain name.
J20, I'm looking in your direction.
Up for auction today is Syd Barrett's stuff. Bust out the credit card!
Tuesday, Nov 28th 2006 (6:17am)
Snakes on a Plane... ON TOAST!
Friday, Aug 18th 2006 (10:31am)
What's the most useful button on your remote control?
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