RELEASE:Chrisite's South Kensington To Sell Recently Discovered Thermometer By Fahrenheit in October

Chrisite's South Kensington to sell Recently Discovered Thermometer By Fahrenheit Set to Fetch Over £70,000- in TRAVEL, SCIENCE AND NATURAL HISTORY including the Polar Sale to commemorate the Scott Centenary, 1912-2012 9 October 2012

South Kensington, London –


Christie’s is proud to announce that an original mercury thermometer, invented by Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit in 1714 and the only remaining example in private hands, is to be offered at auction in October 2012. One of only three thermometers ever created by the famous physicist, the others are owned by Museum Boerhaave, in Leiden, the Netherlands, and until recently, these were thought to be the only examples in existence. When offered at auction within Christie’s sale of TRAVEL, SCIENCE AND NATURAL HISTORY including the Polar Sale to commemorate the Scott Centenary, 1912-2012 on 9 October 2012, the thermometer is expected to fetch between £70,000 and £100,000.

James Hyslop, Scientific Specialist, Christie’s


commented, "It is very exciting to be able to offer at auction such an incredibly important scientific instrument, and one which collectors would never have believed would come to market. Inscribed on the back by Fahrenheit himself, this is an exceptional piece which has no precedent, and which I expect to cause a real buzz with connoisseurs and institutions on every continent around the globe."

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