98,000 euros for the Schlüsselgerät 41 cipher machine
15 May 2019

98,000 euros for the Schlüsselgerät 41 cipher machine

The announcement of the highlight of the 79th Auction, a Schlüsselgerät 41, immediately attracted enormous attention all over the world. The device is so rare that even the world's most prestigious science and technology museums consider themselves fortunate if they have a heavily corroded archaeological find in their collection. However, opening at 75,000 euros, lot number 4401 revealed an absolute showstopper, in immaculate condition and fully functional. Dubbed the "Hitler Mill" owing to its crank mechanism, only a handful of functional machines still exist.

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