An old chip on the block

Christie's representative James Hyslop poses with a 1958 prototype integrated circuit mounted on glass designed by Nobel Prize Physics winner Jack Kilby at Texas Instruments Friday at the auction house in London. The prototype microchip, a historical contribution to the modern computing era, is estimated to fetch between $1 million to $2 million at auction in New York.
Christie's representative James Hyslop poses with a 1958 prototype integrated circuit mounted on glass designed by Nobel Prize Physics winner Jack Kilby at Texas Instruments Friday at the auction house in London. The prototype microchip, a historical contribution to the modern computing era, is estimated to fetch between $1 million to $2 million at auction in New York. Matt Dunham/AP Photo

Christie's representative James Hyslop poses with a 1958 prototype integrated circuit mounted on glass designed by Nobel Prize Physics winner Jack Kilby at Texas Instruments Friday at the auction house in London. The prototype microchip, a historical contribution to the modern computing era, is estimated to fetch between $1 million to $2 million at auction in New York.

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