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Original Batmobile To Be Auctioned For the First Time Ever

December 5th, 2012 12:15 admin View Comments

Movies

Zothecula writes “In the past few years, not only has the Corvette-like Batmobile from Batman Returns been put up for auction, but a jet-powered replica of that same style of Batmobile has also been created. A drivable copy of the Dark Knight-era Tumbler has likewise been built, along with a working replica of the associated Bat Pod motorcycle. For many people, however, the only ‘true’ Batmobile is the original version driven by Adam West in the 1960s TV series – and it’s about to be put on the auction block, for the first time ever.”

Source: Original Batmobile To Be Auctioned For the First Time Ever

Space Shuttle Items For Sale Soon VIa GSA Auction

September 22nd, 2012 09:29 admin View Comments

NASA

shortyadamk writes “According to the Government Services Administration auction page: ‘Attention GSA Auctions bidders and interested participants. NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Space Shuttle Program has retired and NASA has partnered with GSA Auctions to sell the many shuttle related items through a series of auctions in 2012.’ The only catch is that you must be a U.S. Citizen and schedule a visit 48 hours ahead of time to pick up your item. I’m not really sure which piece of the shuttle I’d want the most… Those robotic arms are pretty sweet.”

Source: Space Shuttle Items For Sale Soon VIa GSA Auction

Largest Moon Rock Ever Auctioned Expected To Sell For $380,000

September 21st, 2012 09:00 admin View Comments

Space

First time accepted submitter amkkhan writes “One lucky space-lover with some extra cash could become the proud new owner of the largest moon rock ever to be auctioned, according to the auction house Heritage Auctions. The moon rock, known as Dar al Gani 1058, is part of a lunar meteorite that was found on Earth in 1988 and is expected to fetch as much as $380,000 at auction.”

Source: Largest Moon Rock Ever Auctioned Expected To Sell For $380,000

Only English Final Fantasy 2 NES Cartridge On Sale for $50K

August 23rd, 2012 08:25 admin View Comments

NES (Games)

Croakyvoice writes “In what seems to be the in thing at the moment comes another auction to add to last months Zelda Nes auction and that crazy Million Dollar Collection. This time for RPG fans this could be classed as the Holy Grail of Nes games. The game in question is Final Fantasy 2 which was never released outside of Japan but luckily for the person who at this time is selling this on Ebay for 50K, there was one made for the 1991 Winter Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas by SquareSoft, sadly the USA version never had a release because they decided to work on the Super NES instead.”

Source: Only English Final Fantasy 2 NES Cartridge On Sale for $50K

Legend of Zelda NES Nintendo Prototype On Sale For $150K

July 30th, 2012 07:07 admin View Comments

NES (Games)

YokimaSun writes “Following on from Last months Mega auction of rare games that went for a staggering 1.2 Million dollars, comes another auction. This time its of the only Legend of Zelda Nes Prototype cartridge in the world, bundled with it is a sealed copy of the retail version of the game, those of you excited by this news will have to dig deep because the price is set at a mouthwatering US $150,000.00.”

Source: Legend of Zelda NES Nintendo Prototype On Sale For $150K

Rare Operating Apple 1 Rakes In $374,500 At Sotheby’s Auction

June 15th, 2012 06:25 admin View Comments

Apple

coondoggie writes “It’s not one-of-a-kind, but it’s pretty darn close. Sotheby’s this week auctioned off a rare, working Apple 1 computer for $374,500 to an unnamed bidder. The price was more than double the expected price listed on the Sotheby’s web site. Sotheby’s notes about the Apple 1 say it is one of six thought-to-be-operational boxes and one of about 50 known to exist.”

Source: Rare Operating Apple 1 Rakes In $374,500 At Sotheby’s Auction

Auction of Copyright Troll Righthaven’s Website Underway

December 28th, 2011 12:12 admin View Comments

The Courts

Tootech sends this quote from Vegas Inc: “The online auction of the righthaven.com website domain name got underway Monday, with bidders having until Jan. 6 to submit offers. A judge has authorized a receiver to auction the intellectual property of Las Vegas-based Righthaven LLC, the newspaper copyright infringement lawsuit filer. The auction is aimed at raising money to cover part of Righthaven’s $63,720 debt to a man who defeated Righthaven in court. The man, Wayne Hoehn, and his attorneys defeated Righthaven when a judge threw out Righthaven’s lawsuit against him over Hoehn’s unauthorized post on a sports betting website message board of a Las Vegas Review-Journal column by columnist and former publisher Sherman Frederick. Hoehn was a defendant in one of Righthaven’s 275 lawsuits filed since March 2010.”

Source: Auction of Copyright Troll Righthaven’s Website Underway

WoW To Add Avenue For Real-Money Gold Buying

October 12th, 2011 10:48 admin View Comments

Role Playing (Games)

For some time, players of Blizzard’s World of Warcraft have been able to purchase a small number of vanity in-game items for real money, but the items were restricted to the user’s own account. Now, Blizzard has announced they will be adding another such item, with a twist — it doesn’t become bound to a player’s account until they use it, so it can be traded or sold on the game’s auction house. In their announcement, they said, “While our goal is to offer players alternative ways to add a Pet Store pet to their collection, we’re ok with it if some players choose to use the Guardian Cub as a safe and secure way to try to acquire a little extra in-game gold without turning to third-party gold-selling services. … While some players might be able to acquire some extra gold by putting the Guardian Cub in the auction house, that’s preferable to players contributing to the gold-selling ‘black market’ and account theft.”

Source: WoW To Add Avenue For Real-Money Gold Buying

Blizzard Reveals Diablo 3 (Real Money) Auction House

August 1st, 2011 08:17 admin View Comments

The Almighty Buck

trawg writes “At a special event at Blizzard HQ in California, gaming press were treated to the first look at the Diablo 3 auction house — featuring real-world money transactions across different regions allowing you to buy and sell items with real money. There’ll be a listing fee and a sales fee for auctions, and while they’re not talking dollar numbers just yet, Blizzard assure gamers that they’re not looking to pinch pennies.”

Source: Blizzard Reveals Diablo 3 (Real Money) Auction House

Google’s “Pi” In The Face

July 2nd, 2011 07:36 admin View Comments

Are we’re all well aware by now, Google did not win the rights to the 6,000+ Nortel wireless and mobile patents. Instead, a consortium featuring many of their main rivals did. That has to sting. But as more details emerge about the auction itself, it sure looks as if Google wasn’t taking the entire thing too seriously. And that’s too bad. Because Android may be royally screwed without those patents.

Specifically, Nadia Damouni of Reuters reports today that following their initial “stalking horse” bid to get the ball rolling, Google put forth bids of $1,902,160,540, $2,614,972,128 — and $3.14159 billion. If those numbers look familiar, it’s because you’re a nerd. Brun’s constant, Meissel-Mertens constant, and yes, Pi. That’s how Google was bidding on perhaps the most important auction they’ve ever been involved in.

Not surprisingly, those on the other end of the auction had no clue what Google was doing. And found their behavior erratic and odd.

“Google was bidding with numbers that were not even numbers,” sources told Reuters. “Either they were supremely confident or they were bored,” the same source said. This led Reuters to report:

It was not clear what strategy Google was employing, whether it wanted to confuse rival bidders, intimidate them, or simply express the irreverence that is part and parcel of its corporate persona. Whatever its reasons, Google’s shenanigans did not work.

No, they did not. And now the company looks like huge asses in retrospect.

It would have been one thing if Google had done this during the Spectrum auction in 2008 — which they never intended to win. They simply wanted to push the bidding high enough to ensure that the government would enforce the open rules on the sold spectrum (which Verizon ended up winning the biggest chunk of). But with the Nortel patents, Google absolutely did want to win. And many within the company expected to. Perhaps that led to this over-confidence and jackassery.

Sure, in hindsight you could say that Google wasn’t going to win anyway — Reuters also reports that Google was only willing to go as high as $4 billion and the winning bid ended up being $4.5 billion. But again, they did not know that at the time. They thought they were going to win and apparently thought they could have some fun in the process. Meanwhile, according to Reuters’ sources, they found this behavior aloof and off-putting. It certainly did not help Google’s case.

Nortel was undoubtedly happy to declare the consortium featuring Apple, Microsoft, RIM, and others as the winner — even though they had to know this result will come under much more scrutiny (and as such, take much more time to close) than if Google had won.

Sadly, this behavior seems to follow the recent M.O. of Google. They walk into situations with extreme confidence when they shouldn’t, then they seem surprised when things unravel. Where are those music deals promised over a year ago? How about the television content deals for Google TV? The list goes on. As I wrote over six months ago, Google appears to be living in a dream world — and they’re edging dangerously close to limbo.

You can’t overstate how important these patents would have been to Google. In the pantent space, Google is a very weak player. This has allowed others like Microsoft and Oracle to go after them and/or their partners (for Android). While no one expected Google to go after other companies with these patents, they would have served as a huge deterrent. As in, don’t sue me for this, because I can sue you for that. Instead, their enemies have more nuclear weapons pointed at them now.

Well, presumably. Google’s next course of action is undoubtedly going to be to lobby the governments in both the U.S. and Canada to reject this deal. Or at the very least, they’ll want a lot of restrictions in place. In other words, Google is going to have to get serious. You know, like how they should have been acting during the auction itself.

[image: flickr/gregoconnell]

Source: Google’s “Pi” In The Face

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