eBay: Castle Crashing With Your Own Ballista

October 1, 2008


Some crazy mothers in the United Kingdom are selling a full-size Roman ballista on eBay.

Yes, this is for real. We are selling a full-size Roman siege catapult (or ballista), which we believe to be the only one of its kind (for at least 2000 years).

The catapult was recreated by a team of experts, following all known records, as accurately as possible - and then successfully fired. It was created for the BBC, for a programme called Building the Impossible, in 2002. It was built by the timber-frame team at Carpenter Oak & Woodland.

The ballista weighs approx 12 tons so postage or even buyer collection is not an option. Fully built, it is approx 7.5 metres tall and 8.5 metres long.

Originally, this cost over £120,000 to build - so we are only looking for serious bidders.

The bidding starts at £25,000 ($44,500) and I'm totally gonna buy it and lay siege to the neighbor's house. That'll teach the lazy asshole a thing or two about keeping his lawn mowed. PEW!

Hit the jump for a video of the beast in action and a link to the auction.


eBay Auction
Protect Yourself from Visigoths with Roman Siege Engine, Now for Sale on eBay [gizmodo]

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