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  1. The World’s Largest Video Game Collection Is up for Auction, Can Someone Spot Us Some Cash?

    It's for very important life necessities. We promise.

    You dreamed of amassing the world's largest collection of video games as a child. Then, tracking down all of those games turned out to be too much work (and money), so you gave up. Now that you're an adult and fabulously wealthy, you can pay someone who's done all the hard work—unless becoming fabulously wealthy turned out to be too much work, too.

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  2. Someone Paid Almost $1 Million for a Possibly Fake Apollo 15 Moon Camera

    Smile and say, "The Moon is made of cheese!"

    Over the weekend, a Hasselblad Electronic Data Camera that went to the surface of the Moon during the Apollo 15 mission was auctioned off and sold for almost $1 million. The only problem is that the camera may not have actually been on the Moon, or near it, or even to space.

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  3. Pew! Pew! Ka-ching! Ka-ching! Han Solo’s Blaster Sells at Auction for $200,000

    $200,000 is a small price to pay for a good blaster at your side, kid.

    Han Solo's iconic blaster pistol from The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi has been sold at auction for $200,000. We don't know the exact exchange rate from US dollars to galactic credits, but that had to have been enough to pay his bounty, right? Why not just give Jabba the gun, Han?

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  4. Robert Heinlein’s Bed Is Being Auctioned Off, Not Sure Why You’d Want That

    The man's a legend and all but... gaah.

    The Heinlein Society doesn't know what to do with celebrated sci-fi novelist Robert A. Heinlein's old bed -- every museum they've offered it to has refused to take it. So they've decided instead to auction the thing, which was designed by Heinlein himself for he and his wife Ginny, off on eBay. I mean, hey: do what you gotta, right?

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  5. Here’s Hoping a Potentially Incredible Fossil Find Doesn’t Vanish Into a Private Collection

    Because why would anyone want an important fossil find to be in a museum, where it could be studied? It belongs by rights to the wealthy, because they are better than us.

    A pair of fossils discovered in Montana -- a T-Rex or close relative and an unidentified triceratops relative -- could potentially teach paleontologists a great deal about their respective species. Since they're going up for auction later this week, though, there's a real possibility that researchers will never even get to see them.

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  6. Jack Kirby’s Concept Art For The Fake Sci-Fi Film In Argo Goes Up For Auction

    If you've got $10,000 or so burning a hole in your pocket, you could be the proud owner of these Kirby designs for Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light.

    Attention well-off comic nerds and history buffs! The original Jack Kirby concept art for the fake film featured in last year's critically acclaimed film Argo is going up for auction this week. That means you could soon be the owner of Jack Kirby drawings that helped save the lives of U.S. diplomats during the Iranian hostage crisis.

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  7. Have $500,000 to Throw Around? Original Dark Knight Returns #2 Cover Art Goes Up For Auction

    You'd have to be rich like Bruce Wayne, or at the very least have Tom Haverford stacks on stacks on stacks to afford this.

    "Gritty" Batman started in one place -- Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. Miller's original artwork for the cover of issue #2 in the series is going up for sale at Heritage Auctions, and it can be yours, but only if you're Bruce-Wayne-level loaded. The piece is expected to bring in over half a million dollars, and I'm willing to bet the Joker tries to steal it.

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  8. New York City Puts Morgue Refrigerator Up For Sale On eBay

    If you need to keep as many as four cadavers on ice at a time, this could be your lucky day. Just don't tell us why you need to keep four cadavers on ice.

    Looking for a way to keep things nice and frosty this summer? Whether it's beer or bodies you're trying to keep cool, the city of New York may be able to help you out. Just visit eBay to place your bid on a morgue refrigerator put up for sale by the city's Office of General Services. According to the listing, this steel refrigerator, hailing from the Manhattan Psychiatric Center, is used, but in good condition (which we assume means no longer full of dead bodies) and has space to hold up to four cadavers or an as yet determined quantity of cold cuts and six packs.

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  9. The Only Known Complete Copy of Atari 2600 Air Raid’s For Sale

    Vintage video games can fetch high prices if they just so happen to be of a certain kind. Sometimes a sale is made based on what comes with the game rather than the game itself. In 2010, a copy of the Atari 2600 game Air Raid sold for $31,600, because it was the only known copy with a box. Now a new copy of Air Raid has surfaced with both the box and instruction manual, making it the only known complete copy in existence, and has already hit $11,650 on its auction.

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  10. News Corp. Reportedly Looking to Auction IGN Off, Bidding to Start at “Please Take It Already”

    News Corp. and IGN's honeymoon has been over for a while now. It's no secret that the former has been looking to offload the latter for at least a year and failing miserably. After a series of high-profile departures, all ongoing attempts to produce a sale have apparently fallen by the wayside. With that behind them, News Corp. is supposedly looking at auctioning IGN off with the help of an investment bank.

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  11. Some Rich Jerk Could Own a Chunk of the Moon, but the Classy Thing to Do Is Let a Museum Buy It

    An honest-to-goodness piece of the real life Moon hits the auction block at Heritage Auctions this week, and it's one of the first in some time to be opened to a private auction. Bidding on the moon meteorite, Dar Al Gani 1058, which fell to Earth and was discovered in Libya, starts at $170,000, but the final price is expected to be as high as $380,000. The rock, a nearly four pound chunk of breccia from the far side of the moon split in two pieces, would make a great addition to any number of natural history museums across the planet, where it would find a home on display for people to come and marvel at it everyday, perhaps never knowing when or if they would ever see a thing like it again. Or, somebody with too much money on their hands and a dearth of class and decency could buy it and put it in mothballs.

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  12. You Could Own the Sea Shadow Stealth Ship and Historic CIA Barge for a Mere $100,420

    Warm up your credit cards because Uncle Sam is having a garage sale! For the low, low price of $100,420, you could be the proud owner of the Sea Shadow prototype stealth ship! And that's not all -- by ponying up all that cash, you'll also be agreeing to take possession of the Hughes Mining Barge (HMB-1), which was reportedly built to hide the CIA's recovery of the downed Soviet submarine K-129. Two great pieces of outdated top secret history for the price of one!

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  13. In High Stakes Patent Auction, Google Bids Mathematical Constants

    The last vestiges of telecommunications company Nortel were sold off in an auction this week, encompassing some 6,000 patents and patent applications for various technologies. Several big name tech companies were involved in the marathon 4-day bidding process, but Google turned some heads with its unusual bidding strategy. They began with an initial $900 million "stalking horse" bid, which they upped to $1,902,160,540 and then to $2,614,972,128 and finally $3.14159 billion. Normally, bidders opt for rounder numbers, but the mathematically inclined quickly identified a pattern in Google's bids. Their opening shot was Brun's constant, followed by Meissel-Mertens constant, and finally pi. Reuters quotes a source commenting on Google's bidding, saying "either they were supremely confident or they were bored." Sadly, their whimsically mathematical bids weren't enough to carry the day. The final price for the patent materials was $4.5 billion, purchased by a coalition of companies comprised of Apple, EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, RIM, and Sony. (Reuters via Techmeme, image via Jorel Pi)

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  14. NASA Sues Astronaut For Selling Camera From Apollo 14

    The U.S. government has initiated a lawsuit against a former NASA astronaut to recover property used on the Apollo 14 moon mission. In question is a camera used during the 1971 mission that was brought to the attention of NASA after it was placed up for sale in a New York auction. Edgar Mitchell was the lunar module pilot for Apollo 14 and is the sixth man to have walked on the moon. He claims the camera is rightfully his, and is part of his personal collection of memorabilia. The lawsuit was filed in Miami federal court and accuses Mitchell of illegally possessing the camera and attempting to sell it for profit. NASA reportedly learned the camera was in Mitchell's possession after the British auction house Bonhams announced plans to sell the camera at a Space History Sale billed as one of the two cameras from Apollo 14's lunar module Antares. The camera was expected to fetch between $60,000 and $80,000.

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  15. Julian Assange Auctions Himself On Ebay

    Julian Assange is worth $1,735. While that isn't his net worth, it is what he's going for these days. Time spent with the founder of the now infamous WikiLeaks is going for $1,735 on Ebay. Embattled in legal struggles related to a Swedish rape case in addition to defending the actions of his controversial company has drained both the company and Assange of funds. So, he is selling himself on the auction website. More specifically, Assange is selling spots at a luncheon with himself, followed by a seat at a Frontline Club conversation with himself and Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek where the two will discuss the impact of WikiLeaks on the world and in the future. Currently the seventh of eight spots at the event is going for $1,735 on Ebay in Britain. According to Ebay, 100% of the proceeds from the sale of time with Assange will go to WikiLeaks.

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  16. Air America Auctioning Off User E-Mail Addresses – So Much For “Will Not Be Divulged To Any Third Party” (Update #2)

    It's been reported that since progressive radio network Air America filed for bankruptcy on January 25th, 2010, everything has been for sale in the companywide liquidation that's followed. The auction began today at 11:00 EDT. While there may be something poignant about that for fans of the network, there's one thing on the auction block that's likely to bother them more than the broadcast equipment and cubicles: Their e-mail mailing list, which auctioneers are billing at "intellectual property." This in spite of the fact that Air America's privacy agreement said that newsletter e-mail addresses "[would] not be divulged to any third party" as recently as January 17th of this year.

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  17. World’s Oldest “Flying Car” for Sale

    The world's oldest flying car -- or at least the oldest one that we know about -- is being auctioned off by an Atlanta, GA antiques outlet, Red Baron's Antiques. It doesn't actually fly, but you can still drive it:

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  18. Detective Comics #27 Sells for $1.07 Million: Batman Makes More Money Than Superman

    Hot on the heels of an issue of Action Comics #1 (the first appearance of Superman) selling at auction for $1 million, an issue of Detective Comics #27 (the first appearance of Batman) has sold for more than $1 million. $75,500 more, to be exact.

    To which this Batman fan says: MUWAHAHAHA! According to Bleeding Cool, the comic was expected to sell for "around $300,00 [sic] but in the light of a copy of Action Comics #1, the first appearance of Superman, selling for a straight $1,000,000 this week, clearly a Batman Vs Superman grudge match was in the offing. And we know how that always goes."

    Indeed we do:

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