Local computer game mogul auctions off belongings

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Posted on September 21, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 21 at 4:44 PM

AUSTIN -- Billionaire computer game mogul and Austinite Richard Garriot held an auction of personal items on Saturday morning. 

The auction included antique and modern art toys ranging from a historic rocket ship model to a full-sized Wells Fargo replica stagecoach.

The Wells Fargo stagecoach was sold for $12,000, Garriott's 1911 T Tin Lizzie Ford Model was sold for $16,000 and a Swami fortune telling machine was sold for $3,500. Other items sold include a vintage orrery, a handcranked organ and a Coke machine, all of which were sold for more than $2,500 each.

Garriott said the three-foot-tall model rocket ship is a model of the design by Russian scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky. Garriott got the model in Russia from Tsiolkovsky's descendents.

All of Garriott's auction items are from his private collection at Britannia Manor, his Austin-area home.

Garriott became the first American to be a second-generation space traveler in 2008.

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