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Abandoned classic vehicles

Abandoned Classic Vehicles That Time Forgot

At first glance, there doesn't appear to be anything spectacular about a piece of land containing 60 broken-down vehicles.  However, get a closer look into the vehicles that are being described as "sleeping beauties" by the Artcurial auction house in Paris.  These vehicles are expected to bring in over $22 million at auction.  But what's so special about them?

These are no ordinary cars, including storied brands like Bugatti, Ferrari, Maserati, Delage, Delahaye, and many more, some of which are dated back to before the Second World War.

The cars were mostly collected by entrepreneur, inventor, and car enthusiast Roger Baillon between the mid 1950's and 60's.  He designed and built his own car, the Bluebird, in 1947.  He bought the farm land that the vehicles currently sit on back in 1953, intending to convert it into an automobile museum.  However, his business struggled and he abandoned the plans, selling off about 50 of the vehicles and leaving the rest behind.

"A collection like this can't fail to arouse the passions of those who love automobiles, as well as art and history enthusiasts," stated Matthiu Lamoure, managing director of Articular and one of the discoverers of the cars.  "Never again, anywhere in the world, will such a treasure be unearthed."

Photos by the Articular Auction House
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Han Solo's blaster

Han Solo's Blaster sells for $200,000

That's a lot of zeros!  Although Profiles in History, California-based auction house featuring Hollywood memorabilia, autographs, and historical documents, thought that it would go for $300,000 at this weekend's auction.  The battered film prop was featured in Star Wars Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.  You may remember this blaster in the scene where Han Solo shoots at Darth Vader in Cloud City.  No one knows what happened to the original prop featured in A New Hope or if it even survived the filming process.
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James Bond submarine car

James Bond submarine car sold

The famous submarine car, the Lotus Espirit, used in a James Bond movie went up for sale, marketed as being a fully operational submarine and designed specifically for the 1977 James Bond movie starring Roger Moore.

Dan Rose, auction representative, stated:

"Out of all the 'Bond' cars, gadgets, and everything that's ever been done in a 'Bond' movie, I don't think there was anything more outrageous than a car that transforms itself into a submarine."

The submarine car expected to sell for $1.5 million, but sold Monday for $920,000.
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