The General Services Administration (GSA) is auctioning off the Navy memorabilia – Sea Shadow, the stealth boat that was also the inspiration for a ship in the James Bond flick Tomorrow Never Dies. Bidding is right now at $139,100 and it even comes with the dock.
The 164-foot Sea Shadow was built by Lockheed Martin in 1985 in Redwood City as a way to test radar-cloaking technology at sea. Sea Shadow was built only four years after the aircraft’s first flight, and it cost the US Defence Department – or more specifically, its research arm DARPA – a whopping $195 million to develop. And now, at just over $100,000, Sea Shadow will be sold as a scrap to the highest bidder. What’s the catch about auction?
According to the GSA description, if you’re the one taking home this beast, know that it will be DISPOSED OF BY COMPLETELY DISMANTLING AND SCRAPPING WITHIN THE U.S.A. DISMANTILING IS DEFINED AS REDUCING THE PROPERTY SUCH AS IT HAS NO VALUE EXCEPT FOR ITS BASIC MATERIAL CONTENT.
Set to end on Friday, the sale also includes the vast Hughes Mining Barge-1 (HMB-1) in which the stealth ship was constructed from independently commissioned parts, so as to escape the watchful eye of Russian spy satellites. It also served as the ship’s garage and, post-2006, its warehouse as the Navy attempted to find a long-term home. [GSA Auctions]