Ah, 1950s robots. They seemed to usher in an era of automatons fulfilling our every whim and desire. Decades later, science fiction has yet to deliver.
But that hasn't stopped enthusiasts from bidding up the price of this 8-foot-tall droid from the era to a whopping 17,500 pounds ($27,660) at a recent auction by Christie's.
Cygan was made in Italy in 1957 by a certain Ing Fiorito, and then brought to the UK. It could "walk" by shuffling its wheeled feet forward or backward, move its head and arms, and even respond to basic voice commands. … Read more