Automata are self-operating machines, the original iteration of robots. These clockwork creations have fascinated me since I was a child. Richard Garriott, too, is fascinated with these machines, but he's got the money to back up his interest.

As part of KotakuRoboto, we asked Garriott if he would send over some pictures of his personal collection of automata. His assortment, we're told, may be the largest private collection of automata in the world.

Here's a very, very small glimpse.

The Many Automata of Richard Garriott

The Many Automata of Richard Garriott

The Many Automata of Richard Garriott

The Many Automata of Richard Garriott

The Many Automata of Richard Garriott

The Many Automata of Richard Garriott

The Many Automata of Richard Garriott

Poisoned Milk by famed contemporary automaton creator Paul Spooner.

The Many Automata of Richard Garriott

The Many Automata of Richard Garriott

The Many Automata of Richard Garriott

The Many Automata of Richard Garriott

The Many Automata of Richard Garriott

The Many Automata of Richard Garriott

The Many Automata of Richard Garriott