UK AUCTION HOUSE Bonhams is preparing to sell the UK's oldest working television, a 1930s cabinet unit that cost its owner £100.
Bonhams will auction the set on 19 April in a sale dubbed "Mechanical Music and Scientific Instruments". It puts an estimated sale price of between £3,000 and £5,000 on the TV. It's possible that given enough interest the unit could sell for more, however.
The item is described as, " An important Marconi type 702 mirror-lid television", that was first sold on 26 November 1936 and has had two careful owners.
Anyone interested in purchasing a top of the line television set for the 1930s home will drool at the unit's specifications, which include a 12-inch screen with black mask, a mahogany cabinet and all original knobs.
Other features include an original 240/405-line selector switch "in-situ within brown bakelite surround with control flap", an internal 240-line valve holder - not blanked off, but lacking a valve - a triptych speaker grille mesh in the front and a recently rewound EHT mains transformer.
Also included in the lot are original technical documentation, service sheets, and, um, a modern Freeview set-top box.
But why read the specifications when you can drool over the imagery? µ