Own a Piece of Richard Garriott's World
Space and gaming pioneer is auctioning off 500-plus items
By Monica Riese, 11:46AM, Thu. Sep. 12, 2013
If you've ever wondered what sort of bizarre and totally awesome things a billionaire collects, now's your chance to find out.
Gaming tycoon Richard Garriott, who made a name for himself as the developer of Ultima, has led a storied life – from his work as a space entrepreneur to his life as an epic haunted house owner – and he's got the oddities to prove it.
And now, you can too. Some 590 lots appeared on the LiveAuctioneers website, including antique microscopes, underwater and vintage cameras, Waterford crystal, Confederate currency, a handful of 16mm movies, two (two!) Model-Ts, and a metric shit-ton of furniture, art, and jewelry.
Even if you can't afford a single piece of it (a collection of Mickey Mouse toys has a starting bid of $80), it's totally worth a few minutes of your time to go browse through the collection of one of Austin's favorite gazillionaires: It's cheaper than a museum, not as morbid as an estate sale, and a pretty once-in-a-lifetime sort of opportunity.
For you real buyers, auction day is Saturday, Sept. 21, and you can view items either the day before (10am-5pm) or by appointment until then. Check out the LiveAuctioneers site for complete details.