Back in the late 40s/early 50s, the United States Signal Corps commissioned the Quavas Corporation to build an espionage gadget right off of James Bond or Maxwell Smart’s playbook: A Lucky Strike Spy Camera. The prototypes weren’t up to snuff and the contract ended up going to another company, but now one of the two existing pieces is going up for auction.
The Lucky Strike Spy Camera is housed inside the aluminum wrapper found inside a pack of Lucky Strikes, and can take up to 18 exposures per 16mm film roll. Even more amusingly, it comes with a light meter (remember, this was before all this stuff became digital and automatic) disguised as a box of matches.
The auction starts on December 3rd, and the Lucky Strike Spy Camera is estimated to be worth between $40,000 and $60,000, so you’ll have to be in pretty good financial straits to live this particular spy fantasy. But even if you don’t have that kind of capital sitting around, you can check out this very cool item’s listing at Bonhams right here.