UK’s oldest TV up for sale

The oldest known working television in the UK will be going under the hammer with an estimated price tag of around £5,000.

The auction will be taking place at the Bonhams Mechanical Music and Scientific Instruments sale, which is being held in Knightsbridge, London, on the 19th April

Bonhams specialist Laurence Fisher said: “This is being sold by the late owner’s family and is the oldest working TV set in Britain.”

“These sets were really a side effect of our secret radar research and they are very similar inside to the radar.”

“Logie Baird and Marconi had separate companies but used the same people to make the sets, but Marconi became the most popular maker.”

He continued by saying, “Baird made the first mechanical television in 1926 and this was the first electronic version.”

The TV was purchased in 1936 just three weeks after the first TV transmissions, but a few days later the Crystal Palace transmitter was burned to the ground and the area did not receive anymore TV signals until 1946!

Source [Telegraph]