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Turing Papers Get Reprieve After Failing To Meet Auction Reserve

Papers belonging to master mathematician and code breaker Alan Turing might be saved after all, after failing to meet the reserve price during an auction at Christies.

The Register reports that bidders at the Christies auction only managed to raise £240,000, which was lower than the reserve price tag.

The failure to auction off the papers could allow the museum to directly purchase the papers from the seller.

A campaign started by IT journalist Gareth Halfacree aimed to collect enough funds to purchase the papers at the auction and donate them to the museum. According to Thinq the campaign has collected £20,000 in three weeks, as well as $100,000 donated by Google and money raised from the Bletchley Park selling off a collection of Faberge Eggs. However, the chances of purchasing the papers looked bleak as the auction house had valued the papers at £500,000 and the campaign had only made £90,000.