Code Breakers

Nov 19 - Dec 3

Christie’s presents an unprecedented collection of Cipher Machines and accessories. On offer here are the rarest examples of these era-defining artifacts, including two famous Enigma Machines. The cracking of the 4-Rotor Enigma code, such as the one generated by the 4-Rotor Kriegsmarine Enigma offered here, shortened World War II by two years and heralded in the computer age. The story of Alan Turing and the Bletchley Park team who cracked the Enigma code has also inspired the recent blockbuster film “The Imitation Game”.
In addition, the sale also features other rarely seen cipher machines, many of which have never appeared at auction. In total, this collection presents the best quality and condition of cipher machines to come to market in recent history.

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