Rare Alan Turing postcard fetches nearly £30k at auction
A postcard written by World War Two codebreaker Alan Turing has sold for £28,000 at auction.
41 at the time, Turing sent the postcard from Corfu in 1953, a year before he killed himself by taking cyanide.
The item was sold by RR Auctions, a US auction house that specialises in selling rare documents and artefacts.
The postcard was sent to Dr Franz Greenbaum, a psychiatrist based in Manchester, and is believed to have contained a hidden message.
It read: “I hope you are all enjoying yourselves as well as I am here at Corfu. It is tremendously hot and one wears bathing things all day.”
Instead of your typical island scenery, the postcard contained an image of a mathematical problem known as the suicide circle.
The postcard was sold to a private bidder in the United States.
Turing, who received a royal pardon in 2013, was considered an outcast for being convicted of gross indecency at a time when being gay was a crime.
He was chemically castrated, as an alternative to going to prison, following his conviction.
It was known as Turing’s Law after the Bletchley Park pioneer.