The history alone, as recounted by the seller, Mike Clarke, is very cool.
The machine isn't visually pristine, but what's on the inside is pretty awesome. Not to mention the initials carved into the top of the case are actually kinda awesome when you realize who did it.
From the Ebay posting:
About this Amiga 3000:
This is a truly unique, one-of-a-kind Amiga 3000 as used by various artists at Psygnosis. I've had this in my possession for over 20 years.
I (Mike Clarke) worked at Psygnosis from 1992 to 1999 doing audio and this was one of a number of machines that had been placed in a corridor ready to be thrown out.
I rescued them from destruction by getting permission to take them and this has been with me ever since.
It has 2MB Chip RAM and 4MB Fast RAM. All parts, including the battery, are still original.
It has sat in a quiet dark place for long enough and now it is time for someone else to enjoy it and give it a new lease of life.
It was first used by artist Jeff Bramfitt. Computers often bounced around different people at early Psygnosis and the 3000s were highly prized by the artists because of the built-in flicker fixer. Jeff was quite protective of his and so scratched his initials on the top of the case in pen just in case someone took it off his desk. The very first time I met Jeff at a visit to the offices before I worked there, he was working on the title screens for Carthage so he must have been using this machine then. The wide-eyed young me could never guessed that I would be in possession of such a precious machine nearly 30 years later.
This was the actual machine used to create the original Amiga
Lemmings intro and logo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipGRA3oRLwk).
Usage on Psygnosis Games
Jeff has confirmed that he used the machine for various bits of artwork on the following games:
Shadow of the Beast II (1990)
Air Support (1992)
Killing Game Show (aka Fatal Rewind, 1991)
Shadow of the Beast III (1992)
Combat Air Patrol (1993)
After moving on to another machine (probably an A4000 at that time), it was used by Chris Moore, Darren Douglas and Digby Rogers for at least the following games:
Theatre of Death (Amiga)
Last Action Hero (Amiga)
Bram Stoker's Dracula (Mega-CD)
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (Mega-CD)
"Beat'em up game" (probably Phoenix Rising Mega-CD, unreleased)
Microcosm (3DO, Mega-CD)
Scavenger IV (aka Novastorm, Mega-CD, FM Towns)
No Escape (tie-in with the Ray Liotta film, aka Penal Colony Mega-CD, unreleased)
The usage of the machine for the above games is confirmed by the files still contained on the hard drive. There are various other bits of unused and in-progress artwork on there as well. It was likely used on other games as the hard drives were sometimes backed up onto banks of 100+ floppies and then wiped for someone else to use. I think the above games were all in 1993, which was a very busy year because we got bought by Sony and alongside working on games by third-party developers, Sony pushed all of these film licenses onto us and gave us almost no time to make them.
After I took the machine home, I installed Bars & Pipes on it and used it briefly for music. It was only for a very short time as I soon got an A4000T, so nothing I did on it was used in released games