The auction, set for October 22nd in New York, is expected to pull down millions. Up to bid is everything from significant scientific documents, curiosities from some of science's biggest names and rare pieces of technology that helped launch the modern era as we know it.
“While Bonhams has never held a sale of this theme before,” says the Atlantic, “they are striking while the iron is hot.”
"Science, as a subject in general, is becoming a lot more popular. The interest is here. There is nostalgia mixed in," Hatton explains.
In the slideshow above we've picked out a few of the nearly 300 items on offer, pieces of science history that caught our eye more than the others.
Colin Schultz is a freelance science writer and editor based in Toronto, Canada. He blogs for Smart News and contributes to the American Geophysical Union. He has a B.Sc. in physical science and philosophy, and a M.A. in journalism.