Museum Nabs Valuable Nazi Artifact on eBay
It was a historic bid. During World War II, German forces used Lorenz cipher machines to send coded messages, and England's National Museum of Computing wanted one for its collection. Turns out, you can buy history on eBay: For a cool $14, museum volunteers rescued one from a seller's dirty shed. Its swastika detailing and special Waffen-SS insignias proved the teleprinter was for military use, not commercial. Now the museum is restoring the full machine - but they're still hunting for a motor, in case you're selling one online.