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UK’s oldest working television heads for auction

1930s Marconi set could raise £5,000
Tue Apr 05 2011, 16:28

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



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