If someone pays $5MM for it, then yes, it was worth that much. Collectors, especially wealthy collectors, will spend an amazing sum of money to acquire something no one else has... something unique or rare. For example, I have some pretty valuable coins... I'm sure there are folks who would think I'm crazy if they knew what they originally cost, or how much they are worth today. And I'm not wealthy by any stretch of the imagination... heck, I'm barely middle class. But I'm a collector. :shock:
From an engineer's viewpoint, those are farkin amazing. Especially being made by hand, back when they were. I've seen some complex machines, but produced by modern machinery, and not that small. And still functional, after all these years? What do you have that you think might still work in 2150? There was a once-in-a-millennium talent at work there. I am in awe.
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