FOUND - Flea Market "Typewriter" Fetches $51,000

Rare 1941 Enigma Machine... bought for $100

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German Enigma machine mistakenly sold as a "typewriter".

July 19, 2017
By James Massey, What Sells Best News

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA (VIDEO) – A rare German Enigma machine that was mistakenly sold for $100 as a "typewriter" at a flea market, has fetched $51,000 at auction.

The machine, spotted at a flea market by a cryptography professor who paid a little over $100. Reportedly, bought it from a seller who mistakenly thought it was a typewriter.

Turned the Tide of World War II

World War II Enigma machines are extremely rare and sought by collectors worldwide. The machines are linked to the story of the tide turning for the allies after they captured an Enigma and cracked their code.

Some Fetch $500,000

In the last month, two other versions of Enigma machines have sold. Christie's reports selling one for $547,500. Heritage reports a damaged one recovered from a sunken sub has fetched $21,875.

Auction Information

The Enigma machine featured in this story was sold by ArtMark in an auction that ended on July 11, 2017.

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