(Not the) Sale of the Century

This isn’t the big tool sale I hinted out a month or so ago (which is still on its way).  I need the new shed to be commissioned so I can sort through the machines and tools that will be going in there, and leave (and sell) those that are not.

In the meantime, I am still applying the same principle to other items around the house.  Last week I got rid of a 1000l water tank, and a small shed/bird aviary/cat run.  This week there will be some more items up, including this desk hutch.


More details via the eBay site. Auctions start at 0.99c (this one still is at the starting price).  Obviously I’d rather not sell it for 99c, but it will go for what the market decides it is worth!  I apply that same principle to anything else I sell on eBay as well.

Zurich is calling – an unbelievable tool auction

Werkzeuge und Meisterstücke der Handwerkskunst

Auktion: Montag, 2. April 2012 Vorbesichtigung: Samstag 17. – Sonntag 25. März 2012

I may be naive and this sort of thing happens all the time, but I think instead you will be as amazed as I am about his auction of fine hand tools from the 17th through to the 19th century.  Around $1,500,000 worth!  And these tools will blow your mind – they are stunning, intricate and ornate, a steam-punker’s dream (or any current fine toolmaker looking for ideas).  They are, well, how many adjectives can I use.  Have a look at the collection and decide for yourself.  Around 500 lots, in a 200+ page catalogue.

A multitool from 1580 worth around $10000

Early 19C fretsaw. Worth est $1500

Wrought Iron and Brass Calipers $2000

Imagine getting to work with these when turning, rather than $3 Chinese crap?

Planes – between $1500 and $2000 each

Caving tools $700

Lathe, with tools $10000

I can’t really do the auction justice – there are tools for woodworking, tools for surgery, tools for baking even.  But the majority are of ones that would be of interest to shed dwellers, especially woodworkers.

You can see the auction list online (although I’ve had a few issues with the online version), but if you can tolerate the 9MB download, the PDF is a more indepth read (especially if you understand German, but there is enough info in English as well.

As much as I’ve picked out some stunning items (with price tags to match), there are also some that still look incredible that have $100 ish price tags as well.

So who has booked their flight already?

Thanks to Jean-Claude for bringing this auction to my attention!

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