Can you hear me now?

Well, Ma Bell can finally rest in peace. Despite this age of texting and emailing, some people still find value in the old telephone. So much so, that someone paid more than $100,000 this week for a phone book!

On Tuesday, a private U.S. collector paid $170,500 to win a Christie’s auction for the first phone book printed for New Haven, Conn. The New York auction house had expected it to go for $30,000-$40,000.

Why is it so valuable?

The book was published by the Connecticut District Telephone Co. just two years after the telephone was invented. So essentially it is one of the earliest possible telephone books in the country. What a neat little piece of history!

Click here for the whole story by The Courant.