€45,000 for doing nothing

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Enigma Machine

SOMEONE in Romania thought he’d made a fair amount of money when he sold an old typewriter for €100 euros at a flea market.

He turned out to be very wrong…

The ‘typewriter’ was, in fact, a German Wehrmacht Enigma I, a World War Two cipher machine, and the collector who bought it put it up for sale at a Bucharest auction house with a starting price of €9,000.

On Tuesday, the auction house sold it to an online bidder for €45,000.

‘The collector bought it from a flea market. He’s a cryptography professor and he knew very well what he was buying,’ the collectible consignment manager at the Bucharest auction house told Reuters.

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