One little piece of equipment has so much power. A recording console that once sat at EMI's legendary Abbey Road Studios has been sold for $1.8 million at a recent auction in New York. It was used at the iconic studio between 1971 and 1983, which means it was used to record albums like Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, The Cure and Paul McCartney and Wings. It was expected to sell for £700,000.

"The world record price of this important item of music engineering only confirms the military precision of EMI craftsmanship and the powerhouse persona of Abbey Road Studio," says auction house Bonhams' Katherine Schofield. "The intense bidding seen in the room and on the phone speaks to its association with one of the UK’s most relevant and successful bands, Pink Floyd, and highlights the fact that this is far from being any ordinary console."