UPDATE: The laptop sold at auction for $61,931.10.
WASHINGTON – The laptop used to send the first presidential email to outer space is up for auction and is expected to fetch more than $45,000.
On Nov. 7, 1998 President Bill Clinton used the Toshiba Satellite Pro laptop to send John Glenn a message while he was orbiting Earth aboard Space Shuttle Discovery.
“Hillary and I had a great time at the launch. We are very proud of you and the entire crew, and a little jealous,” Clinton wrote.
The message remains on the laptop hard drive as well as an email received a day earlier from Glenn to the president, according to a press release from the Massachusetts-based auctioneer, RR Auction.
Clinton sent the email from a laptop used by then White House physician Commander Robert G. Darling. Along with the computer, the high bidder will receive supporting documents that show the laptop was used by Clinton to send the email and a floppy disk with the emails saved.
Bidding for the laptop can be done online or telephone, and details can be found on the auction website rrauction.com. http://www.rrauction.com/bidtracker_detail.cfm?IN=98
There have already been 17 bids with the latest at $45,960, according to the website.