An original Apple iPod could be yours, but it’ll cost you the price of a new car, or at least in some places. Did you know that Apple did not develop the iPod software entirely in-house, but rather used PortalPlayer’s reference platform based on two ARM cores? That’s right, the platform had basic software running on a commercial microkernel embedded operating system. “I am a longtime Apple device collector, and this 5-Gigabyte iPod has been in my personal possession for almost two decades, kept in cool temperatures and away from sunlight. I guarantee that it has been completely unused and untouched inside its original packaging, along with its iconic headphones, charging accessories, and manuals,” said the seller. Auction page. Read more for a video of the original Steve Jobs iPod keynote from 2001 and additional information.
These days, you can find just about anything on eBay, including this fossil of an infant Tyrannosaurus rex, which as a “buy it now” price of $2.95-million. It’s estimated to be 68-million years old, and was first discovered in 2013, on private land in Montana. It became the property of Alan Detrich, a professional fossil hunter who found it. In 2017, the fossil was lent to the University of Kansas Natural History Museum, where it was still on display when Detrich decided to put it up for auction. “Most Likely the Only BABY T-Rex in the World! It has a 15 FOOT long Body and a 21” SKULL with Serrated Teeth! This Rex was very a very dangerous meat eater. It’s a RARE opportunity indeed to ever see a baby REX,” according to the listing. Read more for additional pictures and information.
In Magic: The Gathering, Power Nine basically refers to a set of nine cards that were only printed early in the collectible trading card game’s history, consisting of the Black Lotus, Ancestral Recall, Time Walk, Mox Pearl, Mox Sapphire, Mox Jet, Mox Ruby, Mox Emerald, and Timetwister. All nine of these cards are considered rares and were only printed in the Alpha, Beta, and Unlimited sets between late 1993 to early 1994. Recently, a gem mint condition Black Lotus from the Alpha set sold for a whopping $166,100 on eBay, the highest priced yet. Read more for a video documentary on the Black Lotus and additional information.
The Ferrari Enzo is a longitudinally-mounted rear mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout supercar with a 43.9 / 56.1 front / rear weight distribution. It’s powered by Ferrari’s F140B naturally aspirated 65° V12 engine with DOHC 4 valves per cylinder, variable valve timing and Bosch Motronic ME7 fuel injection with a displacement of 6.0L generating 651 bhp at 7,800 rpm and 485 lb⋅ft of torque at 5,500 rpm. All this helps it accelerate to 60 mph in 3.14 seconds and achieve 100 mph. in 6.6 seconds If you have $375,000 to spare, and have always wanted just the engine, you’re in luck. Read more for a full video review of the Ferrari Enzo, additional pictures, information, and the auction page.
Yes, the one and only DeLorean Hovercraft that we covered many times in the past, is now for sale. Just to recap, it features a styrofoam wrapped in fiberglass body, coated in metallic paint, and its 36″ thrust fan is powered by a 23-horsepower Briggs & Stratton riding mower-style engine, while a B&S push mower engine powers the second 24″ lift fan. This enables it to hover 6-8 inches over nearly any flat surface, and hit a top speed of 31 mph on water. Read more for additional pictures and a link to the auction page.
Are you a photographer or photography enthusiast with $65,000 laying around, and want a 1,750 film camera collection, with lenses, to sift through? If so, then look no further than this massive collection. To be more specific, you’ll get 573 manual focus cameras, 291 auto focus cameras, 4 TLR cameras, 337 auto focus lenses, and 573 manual focus lenses. “On weekly basis I clean and check most functions, the lenses get rotated. I check functionality of each lens or, camera that comes in. I log every item in inventory log book and report any damage or malfunction honestly…You definitely will be surprise[d] how well these item been taken care of,” said the seller. Continue reading for more pictures, information, and the auction page.
Justin Whiting from Spalding, U.K. stumbled upon a vintage photo while browsing eBay back in July 2017, and what caught his eye was that it resembled Jesse James. So, he purchased it for $9.99 and went about his business, that is until…he took it to forensic experts in the United States who then confirmed it was original and most likely handled by the famous outlaw himself, aged 14. “It was an easy match since it was compared to a longtime known image of the young Jesse James at 14. Justin’s image, however, was the same pose taken the same day by the same photographer[…] [It’s a] one-of-a-kind original that most likely was handled by the teenaged Jesse James himself,” said 19th-century photo expert Will Dunniway. Continue reading for two more pictures, another video and additional information.
Another year, another iPhone prototype surfaces on eBay. This time, it’s an iPhone 6 prototype running Apple’s ‘SwitchBoard’ software, which is used by testers, and disables the calling as well as camera functions. Plus, it has the rare red lightning connector, only found on test units. “I bought this item from a friend of mine, it is a iPhone 6 prototype, it has no FCC logos, Serial Number or Imei. From what I know it runs a debugging OS called SwitchBoard and features a red lightning dock port with a serial number of C39NW00KG876,” said the seller. Unfortunately, once bidding reached $53,000, the listing was taken down by the auction site. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Zaq Landsberg is an artist from New York who just happened to stumble upon a 4-acre piece of uninhabited land in a remote Utah desert on Ebay. So, he snagged it up for just $610, and on his first visit to the site, he installed a red-and-yellow flag bang in the middle for future identification. That is how “Zaqistan” was born. Landsberg visits the soverign nation a few times every year, creating artistic monuments, such as robot sentries, on each visit. Other landmarks include a border patrol station, victory arch, a bed of plastic wildflowers, and even a geodesic dome. Revenue comes from the realistic-looking passports he sells on his website for $40 a piece. Continue reading for another video and more information.
H/T: Daily Mail
You really can find anything online these days, including a 2,000-year-old New Testament manuscript that allegedly dates to between A.D. 250 and A.D. 350, from the Gospel of John. As you can see from the image above, it includes six lines of text written in Greek from John 1:50-51 on one side, along with an unidentified Christian text on its other side. Continue reading for an up-close zoomed image of the manuscript.