“The history of computing is largely written on paper and plastic that gets thrown away. Technical papers, manuals, business plans, magnetic data storage tapes. Why save ’em?
Because one day you may be able to sell them for a million bucks. At least that’s the theory behind Christie’s February 23 auction, called The Origins of Cyberspace. The sale’s 255 lots range from a 1617 text by John Napier, the inventor of the logarithm, to 14 pages of notes penciled in 1982 by J. Presper Eckert, co-creator of the world’s first large-scale computer, known as the ENIAC. That sheaf of three-ring binder paper is estimated to fetch between $4,000 and $6,000. ”