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Most Valuable Scientific Artifacts of 2018

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Every year, scientific instruments and manuscripts go up for sale -- some for extraordinary prices.

Here are a few of the more notable "deals" from 2018, courtesy of New Atlas:

  • A remote-controlled version of R2-D2, one of the robots that has thus far appeared in 9 out of 10 Star Wars films. Recently outfitted with a new battery, the device, which can generate 53 proprietary sounds from the movie series, sold for $161,200.
  • A complete Gemini G-2C-4 space suit, manufactured between 1963 and 1965, fetched $162,500 at auction. The gloves were fashioned to fit Pete Conrad, while the boots were intended for Frank Borman.
  • Yes, Steve Jobs once applied for a job, and this signed application of his, made about 3 years before he co-founded Apple Computer in 1976, brought in $174,757.
  • Trekkies seem to have a bottomless appetite for artifacts that were used on the original Star Trek TV series, and a Type-2 Phaser pistol that went up for auction showed that that craving is still strong. The prop sold for $192,000.
  • In an instance of fiction out-drawing life, Sigourney Weaver's spacesuit from the movie Alien outsold the Gemini duds (above). The suit donned by Weaver during the film's final scenes garnered $204,800.
  • But that's peanuts compared to the space rifle wielded by Jane Fonda in the movie Barbarella. Two rifles actually went up for auction, with the shorter of the two bringing in $220,000.
  • It's fair to say that the Allied forces during World War Two might have paid nearly any price to get their hands on a German Enigma codebook, which went for $225,000 -- only the second such codebook to be placed on the auction block.
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    Jim Lillie

    Jim began writing for newspapers and designing for publishing companies at a time when both industries were just beginning to make the switch from manual to digital platforms. Jim lives in Boulder, Colorado with his teenage son.

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