Rob Higgs of Cornwall England has a fascination with the weird and wonderful, especially in building weird and wonderful machines. His latest is a steampunk corkscrew that opens the bottle and pours a glass.
According to the Sun,
Rob Higgs, 36, made a prototype of the complex corkscrew machine using 300 pieces of scrap metal salvaged from skips and dumps.
The contraption, which weighs half a ton and is 5ft 6in tall, uncorks wine bottles by using a hand-operated crank to start the process.
The bizarre machine then uses two cannon balls, a clock spring and a steam engine governor to pour the drink into a glass.
A design company was so impressed they commissioned Rob to make 25 of the openers out of brass.
The first three have already been bought for £100,000 a piece by six-star hotels who wanted them as unusual conversation pieces.
The remaining 22 are being sold for £75,000 each.
It’s a bit pricey for me–my wine often comes with a twist-off cap.