The oldest working TV in the UK goes on sale

275x250.jpg For £5,000 you could buy a top of the range 3D television complete with HD, surround sound and built-in apps with internet access… or you could buy this.

Britain's oldest working television set, built in 1936, is expected to sell for around £5,000 when it's auctioned later this month.

The 12 inch Marconi type–702 television was originally bought for £100 on November 26, just three weeks after television transmissions began in London.

But the new owner didn't have much luck, three days after the purchase the Crystal Palace transmitter burned down and they couldn't receive pictures again until 1946.
The set - which is still in full working order - is contained in a walnut and mahogany case and reflects the picture onto a mirror that opens from the top.

Sellers claim there are more than 18th century Stradivarius violins in existence that pre-war TVs, which makes the rare TV set a collectors item.

The Bonhams Mechanical Music and Scientific Instruments sale will be held at Knightsbridge, London on April 19.
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