There is new hope for supporters of the campaign to buy a unique selection of Alan Turing's papers after they failed to reach their guide price at auction.
Supporters of Bletchley Park, where Turing worked during the Second World War breaking codes for the Allies, set up a fund to buy the papers after the son of a close friend of Turing's put them up for auction. The Bletchley Park Trust which runs the site, told V3.co.uk there was no way that it could afford the cost, which was estimated as between £300,000 and £500,000.
The fund had raised around £20,000 in the week before the auction was announced and Google kicked in $100,000 (£62,700) at the last minute after a request from a Bletchley Park supporter.
"Sue Black, a computer scientist at University College London and a key campaigner for Bletchley Park, asked Google for our support in purchasing the papers for Bletchley Park, which we agree is clearly the right place to house them," said Simon Meacher, developer advocate at Google.
"We are backing the bid with a contribution of $100,000 towards a successful purchase."
However, although Christie's reported strong early interest in the auction, bids for the papers only rose to £240,000, which is below the guide price set by the seller and the lot was withdrawn. It is hoped that this will give supporters more time to raise funds to buy the papers.
Other items of technology history that were successfully auctioned off include a mint condition Apple-1, one of only 200 in existence, which sold for £133,250 to an unnamed buyer.
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