MEREDITH, N.H. (NEWSnet/AP) — Interest in late scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer has extended beyond the Oscars to a historic signed report and letter.

RR Auction in Boston is taking bids on the rare 1945 report, as well as a letter signed by “Opie” that describes the nuclear bomb as a “weapon for aggressors.” As of Saturday, bids for the report had topped $35,000. The letter was nearing $5,000. The auction ends March 13.

The movie “Oppenheimer" is a favorite to win best picture and other accolades at the Academy Awards.

The report details development of the bomb and is signed by Oppenheimer and 23 other scientists and administrators involved in The Manhattan Project.

RR Auction said the report was written prior to testing of the first bomb at Trinity in New Mexico and was released to news media days after the 1945 attacks on the Japan cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Called  “Smyth Report” after author Henry Smyth, the full title is “Atomic Bombs: A General Account of the Development of Methods of Using Atomic Energy for Military Purposes Under the Auspices of the United States Government, 1940-1945."

Also up for auction is a one-page typed letter signed by “Opie” to Stephen White of Look magazine in 1952. Oppenheimer is commenting on a draft article that White sent him, which gives details of Soviet Union’s stockpile of nuclear weapons.

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