Historic integrated circuit fails to sell

Integrated circuit used to demonstrate new technology in 1958 fails to sell at auction

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Historic integrated circuit fails to sell
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FILE - In this May 23, 2014 file photo, Christie's Head of Travel, Science and Natural History Sale James Hyslop poses for photographs with a 1958 prototype integrated circuit mounted on glass designed by Nobel Prize Physics winner Jack Kilby at Texas Instruments, at premises of the auction house in London, Friday, May 23, 2014. The prototype microchip, a historical contribution to the modern computing era, is estimated to fetch between $1,000,000 and $2,000,0000 at a June 19 sale in New York. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

NEW YORK (AP) -- An integrated circuit that Texas Instruments engineer Jack Kilby used in 1958 to demonstrate his invention of the new technology failed to sell at auction.

Christie's New York said bidding Thursday did not reach the minimum reserve. The prototype, which helped create the microchip revolution, was expected to sell for $1 million to $2 million.

The auction house said the integrated circuit was built by Tom Yeargan, a member of the team at Dallas-based Texas Instruments that executed Kilby's theories on bringing miniaturization to the period's giant computers.

It was mounted on glass and enclosed in a plastic case belonging to Yeargan with a label signed by Kilby, who won the Nobel Prize in physics. It was accompanied by a statement by Yeargan, whose descendants offered the circuit at auction.

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