Home News John Logie Baird 1937 Baird TV at auction

1937 Baird TV at auction

E-mail Print PDF

baird_tv_1937A 1937 television set made by Helensburgh TV inventor John Logie Baird’s Baird Television Company went under the hammer at Bonhams auction house in Knightsbridge, London, on September 30 2009.

It was one of 24 old TV sets in the Michael Bennett-Levy QC Early Technology Sale.

The massive set has a 15-inch screen which faces skyward in order to reflect off a mirror in the fold-up lid. Also included in the cabinet are a radio, record player and a champagne-stocked drinks cupboard.

A Bonhams spokesman said: “This was a unique sale with no precedent. We sold a number of Baird televisions, a few of which were hand-built by the man himself.

“Prior to the Second World War TV sets were very expensive — over 100 guineas typically, which was equivalent to the cost of two cars.”

Michael Bennett-Levy, who is 62, has a vast knowledge of early television and has written two books on the subject. He decided to sell his collection after a recent health scare, and has retired to France.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 February 2013 17:41 )  

Trust Photo Gallery

gallery

View this photo and over 1,900 more at the Heritage Trust Photo Gallery. Visit the gallery.

2018-19 Open Meetings

WW1 Centenary logoIn the second Winter Open Meeting at Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday October 31 David Clark will talk about Helensburgh at the time of the World War One Armistice.

Winter Talks

Wednesday September 26 — Bruce Jamieson: Developing the Mackintosh Club

Wednesday October 31 — AGM; then David Clark: How Helensburgh ended the Great War

Wednesday November 28 — Eric Thompson: Helensburgh and the Peace Movement

Wednesday January 30 — Trust members: brief talks on images of the past

Wednesday February 27 — Robert Ryan: Loch Lomond islands by canoe

Wednesday March 27 — Jon Reid: The Royal Northern Story


 Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm.

Follow us on Twitter

Charity Number

Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation
SC024603