• Sale 9935

    Out of the Ordinary

    5 September 2013, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 128

    AN ITALIAN HUMANOID ALUMINIUM ROBOT ENTITLED 'CYGAN'

    CIRCA 1957, DESIGNED BY DR. ING FIORITO

    Price Realised  

    AN ITALIAN HUMANOID ALUMINIUM ROBOT ENTITLED 'CYGAN'
    CIRCA 1957, DESIGNED BY DR. ING FIORITO
    With replaced neon perspex mohican and antennae
    100 in. (254 cm.) high


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    Orginally named Cygan, this robot was created in 1957 by Dr Ing Fiorito, an aeromodeller from Turin. At over eight feet tall, the robot could originally walk, turn and lift. He was programmed for spoken commands as well as signals and responded to light rays. Cygan was first presented at the 35th Milan sample fair in 1957. From there he went to London to be presented at the Windmill Theatre and where he also opened the 1958 British Food Fair. It was around then his name shifted in British press to 'Gygan'. In the 1970s he was purchased by a Ford car dealership in Leeds, West Yorkshire where he was christened 'Mr. Moto'. He eventually found his way into a private collection.

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    This lot will be removed to an off-site warehouse at the close of business on the day of sale - 2 weeks free storage


    Post Lot Text

    Please note the electronics have been removed and the lot is non-functioning.