World War II Enigma Machine at Doyle’s Auction

October 31, 2017  14:57  |  News

A rare World War II era Enigma Machine will be auctioned in New York on Tuesday, November 7. Estimated at $80,000-120,000, the fully functioning Enigma 1 highlights the sale of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps at Doyle Auctioneers & Appraisers.

Three-Rotor Service Enigma Machine

Photo – Doyle New York ©

The Enigma Machine was used by the German Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe during the War to encode orders and instructions, using a complex system of rotors and patch cables. The German High Command believed the Enigma cipher to be totally secure; British cryptographers at Bletchley Park under Alan Turing were able to break it, giving Britain and its allies a huge military advantage that may have shortened the War by as much as two years.

The public is invited to the exhibition on view from Saturday, November 4 through Monday, November 6. Doyle is located at 175 East 87th Street in Manhattan.

You can see the auction’s catalogue and a video demonstrating the Enigma Machine HERE.