Bonhams auctions remarkable collection of technology antiques – the Michael Bennett-Levy Early Technology Sale
A very rare 1938 HMV table model television and wireless. Remarkably, the auction estimate is only £2,200 - 2,800
The internals of a dinosaur - LEO II.
Bennett-Levy leafing through the world's first computer manual atop a pinball machine
Part of the prototype of the cruise missile system built secretly during WW2 by RCA
LEO II's final message before being decommissioned in 1971.
A cabinet full of rare scientific and early laboratory apparatus
A hot air conditioning fan circa 1920 - childproof it is NOT!
"I'm not good on typewriters," says Bennett-Levy. "I've had some good ones, but these are far from the best I've had. This one has the strikers coming from underneath, so you have to write another five lines before you can see what you've written." It's still got that same bloody awful keyboard though.
This folks, is one byte of RAM from the world's first commercially available computer
Data for the Lyons Electronic Office (LEO)was stored on tape
The auction includes 758 examples of almost all forms of early technology including many firsts – and the largest privately held collection of early televisions in the world.
The freight train progress of technology during the last century has masked the true value of landmark specimens of mankind’s technological triumphs. First-of-a-kind devices were quickly superseded and hence soon regarded as useless in comparison to newer, better equipment. Accordingly, we believe an auction to be held in London this week represents some of the finest medium-term investments we have ever seen, with a likelihood of their value increasing dramatically once historical perspective is restored. The auction includes 758 examples of almost all forms of early technology including many firsts – and the largest privately held collection of early televisions in the world.
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