If you have $2.4 million to part with on Black Friday, you could own a piece of Hanford’s nuclear reserve history.
Minimuseum.com is offering a protective window that it says was manufactured at the historic Hanford T-factory at a $1 million discount from its regular $3.4 million asking price, according to the website sales.
Plant T at the center of the Hanford Test Site in Eastern Washington was the world’s first large-scale plutonium separation facility.
When completed in 1944, it was used to chemically extract plutonium from fuel rods irradiated at the world’s first commercial nuclear reactor, the historic B Reactor at Hanford.
Reactor B is now preserved as part of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
The plutonium reprocessed at Plant T was used to test Trinity in New Mexico in July 1945 and was used in the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan on August 9, 1945, which helped end World War II.
Plant T ceased separating plutonium in 1956 and began operating as a decontamination, repair and waste management facility the following year.
“In fact, there is nothing better than this window,” the Mini Museum website says. “This is the only object in history that represents the transition to the atomic age.”
According to the site, the 1,700-pound, 54-inch-long window was sold at a government surplus auction in the late 1980s. It says it is the largest known complete window of the plant in private hands.
In 2014, British auction house Bonhams auctioned off a similar World War II Manhattan Project shield window with an estimated price of $150,000 to $250,000. The window, which was previously sold to a lifeguard because of the metal sash, apparently was not auctioned off.
Since the early 1990s, Hanford officials have made agreements with state and federal historic preservation agencies to seek out and preserve important items rather than letting them go into private hands.
The mini-museum reassures prospective buyers that the shield it sells is not radioactive. But they can be careful because of the high lead content.
Lead glass was used to shield workers from radiation on the other side of the window.
If $2.4 million is too rich for your blood, the site also offers glass fragments of the Manhattan Project’s smaller window shields, starting at $29.
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