Indy Style: Sotheby’s auctioned off Prohibition-era barware

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This week’s market page isn’t so much for shopping as it is for gawking. World-renowned purveyor of fancy things, Sotheby’s Auction House, recently marked the 100th anniversary of Prohibition by auctioning off some of the most coveted barware on the planet.

In their heyday, each of these rare specimens was designed to conceal their use (cocktail mixing!) and contents (booze!) thanks to prohibition law, but these days, the pieces are a one-of-a-kind trophy of sorts to have on your bar cart.

From “Thirst Extinguisher” cocktail shaker to a pair of flasks disguised as a pair of binoculars, you’ll need a stiff drink or three to stomach these four and even five-digit price tags.