Turing papers could be saved after auction fail
Reserve not met...
The Turing papers - the almost complete collection of the great codebreaker's writings - failed to reach their reserve price at auction today.
Bidders at Christie's pushed the price up to £240,000, but that was lower than the minimum price set by the seller.
Google had offered $100,000 towards any purchase, and Bletchley Park's fundraising had found another £20,000.
The failure to sell might mean the museum can do a private deal with the seller and save the archive for the nation.
The papers include 15 of his 18 published works and were collected by friend and fellow code-breaker Professor Max Newman.
Any private deal will likely need more money - anyone fancy chucking in another £300,000 or so?
We've left messages with Christie's and will update when we hear more.
Today also sees an Enigma machine and an Apple I go on sale. ®
Why is this in Bootnotes?
And am I the only person that sees Apple's logo as a sick joke at Turing's expense?
If no-one wants them at that price at auction
Surely they are not worth the asking price? So why would the private sale need more money?
NOW. Why the Hell is the public paying for them??