Monday, 02. March 2015
03. 06. 12. - 17:00
A 1979 Porsche 911 Turbo once owned by Bill Gates has been sold for 64,000 Euros - which was 14,000 more than the maximum price estimated by auctioneers.
The new owner from Germany snapped up the pearlescent turquoise Turbo model in a telephone bid after staff at the Vienna-based Dorotheum auction house estimated it had been worth between 39,000 Euros and 50,000 Euros.
Dorotheum spokesman Wolfgang Humer said: "There was enormous interest in this item from all over the world."
The vehicle was one of the first rewards that the software giant ever had from his work and was snapped up four years after founding Microsoft in 1975.
Dorotheum Auction House says the car comes complete with letters to and from Microsoft and Porsche and the original Washington State USA registration documents, and its 3.3-liter, 300-HP engine has been completely overhauled and renovated.
Despite relinquishing his position as the world's richest man in 2010 after giving away one third of his personal wealth to philanthropy, the 56-year-old billionaire still holds a taste for luxury - along with another Porsche stored in his 10-plus car garage.
With an approximated net worth by Forbes Magazine of 61 billion US dollars last March, Gates tucks a number of extraordinary treasures inside his Medina, Washington mansion, as well as around the country.
Calling a 5.12 acre lot overlooking Lake Washington home sweet home, the Gates' residence features a pool room, a 200-guest reception hall, trampoline room and underground garage.
Inside that 10-plus garage, he dismisses his cars as nothing more than being perhaps a little above average.
He said: "I drive myself around town in a normal Mercedes. I’ve had a Lexus. The family has a Porsche, which is a nice car that we sometimes take out. We have a minivan and that’s what we use when it’s the five of us."
Not without transportation from Washington to Florida, the family has employed three private jets.
Semmering Offers 50% Discount To Selected Heroes
The Magic Mountain Semmering will hold two Weeks of Heroes from 1st to 14th March as Panhans Holding Group says thank you to safety and well-being volunteers and professionals.
Skier Survived Almost Two Hours Buried Alive
A skier had a miracle escape after being buried under two metres of snow for nearly two hours during an avalanche in Austria, it was revealed last night.
Puppies Found Stuffed Inside Suitcase In Back Of Van
A litter of puppies destined for a dog farm was rescued after being found stuffed inside suitcases in the back of a van.
Kangaroo That Hopped It Spotted In Garden
Austrian police investigating reports of an escaped kangaroo have been given concrete proof after a local woman managed to photograph the animal in her back garden.
First Images Of Eurovision Stage
These are the first images of the design for the Eurovision Song Contest stage unveiled in the Austrian capital Vienna which is the home of last year's winner Conchita Wurst.
Russian Mafia Boss Nabbed At Vienna Railway Station
A Russian mobster wanted for a string of brutal murders was arrested in the gentile Austrian capital Vienna when commandos swooped as he went to buy a train ticket.
Teen Girls Arrested After Offering Themselves To IS Fighters
Austrian officials who recently cracked down on terrorism by arresting several people believed to be recruiting and fundraising for ISIS have revealed two more teenage girls tried to leave the country to marry terrorist fighters.
Ebola's deadly reach impacts Vienna student
Austria has yet to record its first case of Ebola, but the feared virus has already had a severe impact on the lives of Africans living in Vienna.
Grigorij Sokolov Works His Magic At Vienna Konzerthaus
Whilst the world-famous Wizard of Oz played at the Volksoper, there was another Wizard in the Konzerthaus giving his 16th performance in Vienna!
Penelope Cruz To Play The Ice Cream Killer
The memoirs of the woman dubbed the Ice Cream Killer after she shot dead two ex-lovers before hacking the bodies up with a chainsaw and telling neighbours the noise was a new ice cream machine are due to be turned into a blockbuster with Penelope Cruz playing the lead role.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Lion Fed On Milk To Keep Him Small For Pictures|
|Porn Star Arrested After High Speed Police Chase|
|Wanted Mafia Boss Captured After YouTube Baptism|
|Mentally Ill Girl Locked Up By Parents For 6 Years|
|Czech Oscars Team Fail To Spot Jim Carrey Hoaxer|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.