This corkscrew is the bronze prototype model and based on the popularity of demonstrations, three further have been made and sold. The corkscrew removes a cork from a bottle and then pours the wine under its own clockwork power. The corkscrew has been featured on Stephen Fry: Gadget Man, (Channel 4, 2012.) and BBC.'s, The One Show. It was unveiled at the Top Marques exhibition in Monaco by Albert II, Prince of Monaco (b. 1958).
The lot is sold with a leather bound book commemorating the construction of the corkscrew and signed by various celebrities who attended the launch in Monaco including Albert II, Prince of Monaco, Bono and Damon Hill. It is also sold with a cover, a boat hook/pole to lift the cover off and two fold-over top sections for the cabinet.
Rob Higgs creates mechanical machines from old raw materials found in scrap-heaps, farms and boatyards.
His work is in permanent public and private collections in 6 continents around the world.
His clients include: The Science Museum, Heston Blumenthal, Warner Bros, BBC, NASA, Stephen Fry, Absolut Vodka, Game of Thrones, Fatboy Slim, Blue Peter, Eden Project, Giuseppe Tornatore, Singapore Govt, Kneehigh Theatre....