• Science and Popular Culture

Cassandra Hatton

  • Senior Vice President | Global Head of Department
New York


Cassandra Hatton is a visionary market-maker & auction maven who specializes in creating new markets, and selling unique items with little to no market history for record making prices. She has nearly two decades of experience selling, appraising, and cataloguing historic artifacts ranging from the 17th-21st centuries, including rare books & manuscripts, scientific & technological instruments, space suits and more, and is a key member of the NFT team at Sotheby’s. She spent the first decade of her career as a rare book and manuscript dealer on the west coast, before moving to New York to work for Bonhams Auctioneers, where she founded and was made Director of its History of Science & Technology department. She joined Sotheby’s in 2016, where she has inaugurated sales in Space Exploration, the History of Science & Technology, Natural History, and Hip Hop to great success. She has been responsible for numerous high-profile and record-setting sales, including:

-The Source Code for the World Wide Web, as an NFT, for $5.4 million
-The first auction to focus on Hip Hop as a cultural movement, with the top lot, Biggie’s crown from his K.O.N.Y. photo shoot selling for $600,000
-The white-glove sale of the Nobel Prize and Papers of Richard P. Feynman, which sold together for $3.8 million dollars
-The most valuable Space Exploration sale ever held, totaling $5.5 million, surpassing its pre-sale high estimate by $1 million and with an exceptional 93% of all lots sold
-The only surviving first generation NASA recording of the Apollo 11 Moonwalk for $1.82 million dollars, resetting the record for an American space artifact
-The bag used by Neil Armstrong on Apollo 11 to bring back the first samples of the moon ever collected, for $1,812,500, a record for any American space artifact at the time
-The Hidden Wartime Manuscript of Alan Turing for $1,025,000
-The world-record sale of an Apple-1 Computer at $905,000
-The only known documented samples of the moon available for private ownership for $855,000
-The world records for an M4 Naval Enigma Machine at $800,000 and an Enigma-1 at $441,000
-The most expensive Triceratops skull ever sold, at $504,000
-The World record price for an original Apple Computer sign at $564,500
-The original navigation log for the Enola Gay for $372,000
-The world record for the two most expensive letters by Charles Darwin at $197,000 & $125,000
-The Flown Flight Plan from the Apollo 13 mission for $275,000
-Several Nobel prize medals, including those of Richard P. Feynman ($975,000); Murray Gell-Mann ($625,000), George Minot
($545,000); John Mott ($262,500), and Frederick C. Robbins ($200,000)

Ms. Hatton is a member of the Grolier Club, the Bibliographical Society of America, the History of Science Society, and the Rare Book & Manuscript Section of the American Library Association. She did her undergraduate work in History and French & Linguistics at UCLA, and has an MA in Early Modern European History, with a focus on the History of Science. She has attended both the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia and the California Rare Book School, and is certified in Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). She speaks fluent French, reads Latin, Spanish, and Italian, and appears frequently in both print and broadcast media. Ms. Hatton can be followed on Twitter @the_lynx_eyed and on Instagram at The_Lynx_Eyed

Videos featuring Cassandra Hatton
An Inside Look at Enigma Machines from WWII
Fully Operational Enigma M4 Cipher Machine
Fully Operational Enigma I Cipher Machine
Fully Operational Swiss Enigma K Cipher Machine
Fully Operational Nema 45 Cipher Machine
This Changed Everything: Source Code for WWW x Tim Berners-Lee, an NFT
Cassandra Explains It All
Cassandra Explains It All: Space Exploration
The Influence of Hip Hop on Fashion
The Apollo 11 Moonwalk Tapes and the Broadcast that Changed the World

Articles by Cassandra Hatton
Breaking the Code: The Secrets of Enigma Cipher Machines
The Father of Space Art: Chelsey Knight Bonestell
5 Mind-Altering Plants
"Houston, We've Had a Problem Here": The Flown Apollo 13 Flight Plan
Tom Sachs on the Art of Space
When Science Becomes Art: NASA Photography of the Moon and Mars

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