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11 science and tech artifacts that are up for grabs
From one of the earliest Apple computers to letters from Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein, collectors can buy a piece of history on Oct. 22 when Bonhams holds its history of science auction. For an estimated $300,000 to $500,000, you could walk away from the New York auction with an Apple-1 computer built by Steve Wozniak in 1976. Also up for grabs is the extensive archive of pioneering astronomer, photographer, and telescope designer George Willis Ritchey, with an estimated auction value between $450,000 and $550,000. Other hot items include the Charles Darwin letter on Barnacle sex, with an estimated value between $20,000 and $30,000. A 6-inch thick Manhattan Project viewing window, valued at $150,000 to $250,000, will also be auctioned.   The auction house estimates that the 288 items in the sale will raise around $2 million when they go under the hammer. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers
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ManhattanProjectWindow

Manhattan Project viewing window. Estimated auction value: $150,000 to $200,000.
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Apple1Computer

Apple 1 Computer, built in 1976.
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DarwinLetter

Charles Darwin letter to Charles Spence Bate on the subject of barnacle reproduction, 1857.
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Helmholtz

Helmholtz Sound Synthesizer c. 1905.
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ArmillarySphere1

Armillary sphere and terrestrial globe, 1834.
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Kepler

One of the only known copies of astronomer Johannes Kepler's 'Tabulae Rudolphinae, quibus Astronomicae scientiae, temporum longinquitate collapsae Restauratio continetur,' 1637.
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LargeReflectingTelescope

Large reflecting telescope, c. 1870.
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MorehouseComet

Photograph of the Morehouse Comet, 1908.
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MagicLantern

Magic lantern, c. 1890.
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EinsteinLetter

Letter from Albert Einstein to his friend and colleague, the philosopher of science Dr. Hans Reichenbach, 1926.
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RitcheyPhoto

Bonhams is auctioning the extensive archive of pioneering astronomer, photographer, and telescope designer George Willis Ritchey, c. 1895-1935. The archive includes 80 glass plates and 283 vintage photographs of "celestial phenomena," as well as manuscripts and 150 glass slides used by Ritchey in a series of lectures.
(Image courtesy of Bonhams)

11 science and tech artifacts that are up for grabs

From one of the earliest Apple computers to letters from Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein, collectors can buy a piece of history on Oct. 22 when Bonhams holds its history of science auction. For an estimated $300,000 to $500,000, you could walk away from the New York auction with an Apple-1 computer built by Steve Wozniak in 1976. Also up for grabs is the extensive archive of pioneering astronomer, photographer, and telescope designer George Willis Ritchey, with an estimated auction value between $450,000 and $550,000. Other hot items include the Charles Darwin letter on Barnacle sex, with an estimated value between $20,000 and $30,000. A 6-inch thick Manhattan Project viewing window, valued at $150,000 to $250,000, will also be auctioned.   The auction house estimates that the 288 items in the sale will raise around $2 million when they go under the hammer. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers

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