Luxury Week

Sotheby’s Spotlight: The History of Science & Technology

New York | 6 — 13 December

The History of Science & Technology, brings together superlative items from the most important scientific and cultural developments of the 19th and 20th centuries. Cassandra Hatton Senior Vice President | Global Head of Department & Senior Specialist of the Science & Popular Culture Department, dives into the history of the highlights that make up this sale. Featured are items related to World War II and the Manhattan Project figure prominently in the sale, such as: the 1927 Physics Nobel Prize of Arthur Holly Compton, a key figure in the Manhattan Project who oversaw the creation of the first nuclear reactor; the wartime correspondences of Richard Feynman, including an eyewitness account of the first nuclear bomb test and a remarkable letter describing the atmosphere at Los Alamos after the Hiroshima bombing; a fully operational WWII Enigma I machine in an extremely rare green Panzerholz case, as well a German Navy (“Kriegsmarine”)  Signalbuch. Also on offer are important items from the history of computing, two different Apple Computer signs, as well as a signed letter from Steve Jobs to a computer store owner in late 1976, hustling to sell a few Apple-1 computers just as the company was getting off the ground.

The History of Science & Technology online sale will take place on the 6 - 13 December.

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