• ACADEMY AUCTIONEERS & VALUERS, Northcote House, Northcote Avenue, Ealing, London, W5 3UR (020-8579 7466, fax 020-8579 0511). Periodic sales of old telephones, radio and TV equipment.
  • AUCTION TEAM KÖLN, Box 501119, 50971, Köln, Germany (00 49 221 387049, fax 00 49 221 374878. Twice-yearly sales of 'Old Technology' with detailed illustrated catalogues captioned in German and English. UK agent (for catalogues and information): Robin Kahan, The Mill, Rimpton Road, Marston Magna, BA22 8DH (tel/fax 01935-851203).
  • CHRISTIES, 85 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3LD (020-7581 7611, fax 020-7321 3321). Regular sales of important early radios, TV receivers and gramophones. Catalogues available.
  • DOROTHEUM, Dorotheergasse 17, Postfach 528, A-1011 Wien, Austria 00 43 1-515 60, fax 00 43 1-515 60 443. Regular auctions of quality wireless, television and telephone apparatus, Web site
  • ESTES AUCTIONS, 7404 Ryan Road, Medina, Ohio 44256 USA (00 1 216-769 4992, fax 00 1 216-769 4116). Regular sales of vintage radio equipment.
  • Mes LIÈVRE, MAICHE, PARIS, Chartres, France (00 33 2-3784 0433). Regular auction sales of radios, telephones and telegraph instruments.
  • NEUILLY ST. JAMES, 164 bis av. Charles de Gaulle, 92200 Neuilly, France (00 33 1-4755 5555, fax 00 33 1-4745 5431). Sales of wireless and telegraph equipment.
  • PHILLIPS AUCTIONEERS (Mechanical Music department). Phillips Auctioneers, 10 Salem Road, Bayswater, London, W2 4DL (020-7229 9090 ext. 214). Tony Jones is head of mechanical music and radio/TV; he arranges regular sales. Catalogues issued.
  • The RADIOPHILE, Larkhill, Newport Road, Woodseaves, Stafford, ST20 0NP (01785 284696) mount regular specialist auctions in the vintage radio field and are probably the first people to approach when complete collections become available for disposal.
  • TWENTIETH CENTURY ANTIQUE PROMOTIONS, Tanners Farm, Balcombe Road, Horley, RH6 9EF (tel/fax 01293-822469). Auctions held at Copthorne Hotel, Copthorne, Sussex of jukeboxes, records, pinballs, fruit machines, bakelite, radios, art deco, Americana, ephemera, pulps, poster, comics, fairground arcadia, tin to toys, etc..

There are a number of websites that help you search for upcoming auctions on subjects of interest: provides information on collectibles. lists antiques and collectors fairs, antique centres and antiques’ suppliers in the UK, tips for buyers, etc. brings the world of fine art and antique auctions to your fingertips. It’s the place to browse auction catalogues online, leave commission bids, check auction sale results and much more. Lets you search forthcoming auctions, prices realised and tips on how to bid. For example, this is what experienced dealers use to find radios at the obscurest of auctions.


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