September 17, 2011

Enigma to auction

A version of the three rotor Enigma machine -- used by the German military to encrypt messages, the code of which was subsequently cracked by a team at the legendary Bletchley Park complex -- will be auctioned at Christie's on September 29.

Although the number of the ciphering machines still in existence is thought to remain in the thousands, "it is rare for one to come up for sale," says Christie's specialist, James Hyslop. "Many are believed to have been produced but it's not a particularly high survival," he adds.

From CNN, with slideshow.

The Enigma article in Wikipedia is quite detailed. Enigma simulators can be used online here and here, with the latter offering a good selection of further Enigma links.

Posted by David on September 17, 2011 2:07 PM

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