Breaking the Code

22nd May 2016

I am sure most of you, like myself, have seen the recent media coverage of the rare cipher machine being sold on eBay for £9.50.

The item, described as a telegram machine, was advertised on the website and, luckily, was spotted by an eagle-eyed volunteer at the National Museum of Computing who snapped up the item.  The dusty old gadget had been languishing in a garden shed until the seller decided she needed to have a clear out.  It was not until the museum started to restore the piece that they were able to confirm that it was a rare Lorenz Teleprinter, part of Hitler’s bank of encryption equipment. The last fully-working machine sold at auction for over £380,000.

I am sure none of us would buy a house without consulting a solicitor or write a will without professional advice, so I am always surprised how many people sell collectible and, sometimes, very valuable items without taking professional advice.

Thomson Roddick Auctioneers and Valuers are always pleased to provide free pre-sales advice.  You can pop into our Carlisle or Dumfries salerooms any Monday between 10am and 12 noon or Edinburgh on Wednesdays been 10am and 2pm and meet with one of our senior valuers, alternatively email us a photograph. We are not always able to give an instant valuation for auction purposes and we may have to refer you to one of our team of valuers, who have wide ranging knowledge and specialities.