Spending $40,000 to buy a realistic, super-detailed wooden model of a Caterpillar 5230B Excavator might seem like peanuts to a collector, but I can think of some other things I’d like to purchase if I had that kind of money burning a hole in my pocket.
That’s right, folks: this wooden model of an excavator costs several used pick-up trucks in real life. But hey, it’s not really the price that matters when it comes to art, right?
Check out the detail on this thing:
Constructed of cherry and walnut, this award-winning piece has over 4000 individual handcrafted parts and requiredover 3000 man-hours to complete, roughly a year and a half’s time. Our version of the 5230B is what we call a working model. The track moves, the cylinders extend, the jaws open and close and the entire model pivots on the trackframe. There is also a hidden storage box on board, someplace to keep the keys!