A £75,000 corkscrew with 300 moving parts to open a bottle of wine

Like all great inventions, it sounds crazy but it might just work.

First, take half a ton of scrap metal, several cogs, some chains, a couple of cannonballs – and lots of paper for the drawing board.

Then bolt them together into a 5ft structure resembling something out of the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang workshop.

Next, select a fine wine (Primitivo somehow seems appropriate) and position the glass. Crank-start the gears by turning a handle, then stand back and leave the rest to gravity, physics and bonkers engineering.

Now, propose a toast to creator Rob Higgs. He has been commissioned to allow 25 of the bizarre contraptions to go on sale for between £75,000 and £100,000.

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