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Nazi Enigma Machine fetches $106,250 at WWII auction

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A rare Enigma encrypted machine used by Nazi Germany to transmit coded messages thought to be unbreakable sold at an auction in Dallas for more than $106,000 (€95,323) on Saturday.

The machine was sold to an internet buyer and comes with operating instructions and a case with an engraved Third Reich sign. The Enigma was sold in cooperation with the Historic Flags of World War II auction.

The auction also saw a D-Day Unit Flag being sold for $10,625 (€9,554) and two Iwo Jima signed photographs fetching $19,375 (€17,423).

The code machine was used from 1934 until the end of World War II, but only 250 are believed to still exist, Heritage said. The vast majority of machines were destroyed by Nazi Germany as World War II drew to a close.

UK mathematician Alan Turing played a crucial rule in breaking the Enigma codes, a feat which was brought to life in the 2014 hit movie “The Imitation Game.”

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