Legendary video game developer and NASA astronaut Richard Garriot will offer items from his eclectic personal collection for auction on September 21 at Austin Auction Gallery, making it the perfect outing for Austinites and day-trippers looking for a unique experience.
Highlights include antique automobiles, a Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 motorcycle, a planetarium projector, Wells Fargo stagecoach replica, underwater scooters, a full-sized fortune telling machine and ,many space-themed items.
“I collect and I look at these demonstration toys or things such as the model rocket ship – and other electromechanical items to inspire the work I do,” Garriott said. “As a collector, these are personally important to me.” Garriott said the 3-foot-tall model rocket ship is a historical piece as it is a model of the design done by Russian scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky. “I got it from Russia, sourced directly from the descendants of the original designer,” he said. “I rewired it to 110 volt as it was originally set up on Russian power.”
Garriott is an entrepreneur and cutting-edge pioneer of computer role-playing games, a magician, and a world-class collector of automatons. He’s also the host of the Austin Shakespeare Festival at his Elizabethan-style theater “The Curtain” on the shores of Lake Austin.
Another unusual collectible to be offered in this auction is a scarce black Regency TR-1 Transistor radio from the 1950s, housed in a book-form case and presented by late film and theatre producer Michael Todd (also former husband of Elizabeth Taylor) as gifts to commemorate his 1958 Academy Award-winning film “Around The World in 80 Days” based upon Jules Verne’s book written in 1873.
The live auction will be held at 8414 Anderson Mill Road in Austin. Live online and absentee bidding is also available via Live Auctioneers.