Spectacular tech 'firsts' up for auction

POSTED: 06:21 AM PDT May 23, 2013    UPDATED: 06:52 AM PDT May 23, 2013 

A treasure trove of rarities, oddities and tech "firsts" has been brought together -- including an experimental 17th century mechanical calculator, a 108-year-old telephone and an incredibly rare, headline-grabbing Apple 1 computer -- to be sold at auction Friday in Cologne, Germany.

Portable copying press
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Auction Team Breker

This portable copying press was devised by legendary English steam-engine inventor James Watt. The copying apparatus, consisting of metal damping box, pressure plate and special moistened copying paper, was housed in an elegant brass-bound mahogany box.


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