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Old 12-01-2002, 11:27:57 PM
Wayne Grenning
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A rare chance to own an original 1870 Otto Langen atmospheric engine came up this weekend. It was sold by the Breker Auction house on Saturday for $192k
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Old 12-02-2002, 12:15:44 AM
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I bet the auction company was surprised it went for that much. The Breker web site states the reserve was $2000 and it was expected to bring between $3,000-$5,000. I would love to buy one (or as many as i could get) at that price

Here is a link to a picture I found.

http://auction-team.de/new_highlights/2002_11/ot/417.htm




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Old 12-02-2002, 02:25:07 AM
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Heck, I would have paid the reserve if it was a private sale . Most of us probably would have . I guess the auction/seller didn't have a clue as to its worth. But then again, may-be they really did . Paul in NJ
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Old 12-02-2002, 06:43:39 AM
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Auction houses often lie, that way they can claim stuff sold for more than estimated, due to their good advertising and ability.
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Old 12-02-2002, 10:56:35 AM
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Who bought the engine?
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Old 12-02-2002, 01:25:46 PM
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Wish I had known about it, thats only $300,000.00 Canadian . Nice engine. Brian
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Old 12-02-2002, 01:29:08 PM
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Boy am I out of the loop , I didn't even know that there was one for sale !! let alone of where and when it was being sold. they did not exactly keep it a secret, [see selling price] was it well know to you all?? d,j,
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Old 12-02-2002, 02:23:51 PM
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It was not well advertised. I found out about it from a friend who gets a weekly antique auction paper. The engine came from the Dusseldorf museum in Dusseldorf Germany. When the museum shut down in the early 1990's it was given to the Dusseldorf town hall where supposedly it has been on display in their lobby. I guess they did not appreciate it and decided to let it go.
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Old 12-02-2002, 03:03:35 PM
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Sorry, a little off subject,but are there any auctions anywhere, coming up?
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Old 12-02-2002, 07:27:12 PM
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Dan... I am very curious myself. I have no idea, Possibly someone from Europe?
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Old 12-02-2002, 09:38:33 PM
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A few of us were talking a few weeks ago. Thought the engine would probably bring $100,000 plus. At $192,000, I guess it brought it almost twice that much, huh? How many Peso's would that be?
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Old 12-02-2002, 11:44:36 PM
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There was a hand built model of something similar at the Rolag Minn show this year. It was nothing less than fabulous. You could only hear it fire and a very slight puff at that. I do not know who had it but it is a spectacular sight, both the workings and the workmanship. It is about 5 feet tall and no less than beautiful. Al
 

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