December 11th, 2013 #link
There’s no messing around with this year’s oobject gift guide, almost nothing is affordable. But it’s a lot better than a list with stuff that is. Everything is actually purchasable and prices range from a few thousand to a $6.75 million for the fully immersive centrifuge.
Exact Replica Space Shuttle Space Suit
$8,998 will get you one of these beauties.
$8,998. Buy it
1920s Bank Vault Door
I find these things absolutely stunning. Like an enormous precision watch mechanism.
$50,000. Buy it
Exact Replica of Sputnik
Get this to hang over your kid’s bed, instead of some crappy glow stars.
$22,995. Buy it
Disneyland Main Street Showcase Coffee Table Train Set
Someone should buy this for Cory Doctorow.
$15,000. Buy it
Cinelli Laser Crono Strada, 1985. W-Campagnolo-Record
A beautiful Italian bike from an era before poncing around on fixies.
$20,000. Buy it
Mir Commander, A Volkov’s actual working Suit
No contest at next year’s Halloween if you rock up in this. Also no contest if you wear it all year to work.
$3,895. Buy it
Museum Quality Replica of St. Mark’s Square in Venice
The Doge’s bollocks.
$1 Million. Buy it
1971 Lusse Bumper Car Carnival Amusement Ride
Iconic and reasonably priced, if not exactly shippable.
$1088, Starting Bid. Buy it
JFK’s Chess Set
Game of thrones.
$475,000. Buy it
Like a 20 foot wide music box, a machine that has the type of mechanical complexity that is now missing from electronic devices. Baroque in every sense.
$225,000. Buy it
One of my favorite Dieter Rams designs and one that shows how ahead of his time he was because the turntable itself looks technically so obsolete.
$1,499. Buy it
Bullet Train Model Railroad Set.
Another piece of retro futurism that doesn’t look at all retro, really.
$10,919.99. Buy it
Olympus 320 Jet Engine.
Aside from the fact that this is an actual jet engine that you can buy on Ebay today, what makes this interesting is that it is the forerunner to the engine used by Concorde.
$165,000. Buy it
Rack Console From the Hubble Space Telescope.
Amazing how old fashioned this rack looks. A nice opportunity to own a bit of history.
$75,000. Buy it
1873 Pig in a Suit Automaton.
I had to include one automaton in this list, with the principal criterion being: would I be uneasy sharing the same room with this thing after dark? Clearly.
$3,680.55 Buy it
Decommissioned Remote Control British Submarine.
An actual yellow submarine.
$55,000 Buy it
Centrifuge Flight Motion Simulator – Fully Immersive.
Like the things in James Bond movies, except real and just shy of $7 million.
$6,875,000. Buy it