Massive Radio Collection Sells for Over $98,000 at Cordier Auctions

May 22, 2017



The auction contained an astounding number of radios and accessories, all from the collection of one dedicated enthusiast. A Scott Philharmonic Version 1 in a Warrington 84 Cabinet was the top lot of the collection, bringing $2,360 after some heavy competition. The floor model radio dates to the 1930’s.


Other floor consoles also drew bidders, with a 1940 Zenith bringing $1,888 and a beautifully decorated 1929 Zenith console selling for $1,298. 


A remake of Lancaster, PA network WGAL’s 1923 broadcasting station stood out among the equipment offered. Created by Lloyd Jury using period parts, the station was modeled after the original by Jacob Mathiot and included paperwork as well as related photos and information. It sold to a Pennsylvania bidder for $1,888.


Table top radios were the subject of fierce competition on both days, with top lots including a 1938 Zenith Waltons Tombstone radio ($2,242) and an Emerson Catalin Tombstone radio ($1,652). A grouping of five table top radios including a Cadet sold for $1,416 on the first day of the sale.


Radio tubes from various manufacturers (many in the original boxes) were offered, including dozens of rare examples. Of note was a 1909 DeForest Audion tube in a display case, which brought $944. A 1939 Western Electric Pentode tube in the original box sold for $649.


Prices quoted above include a 15% buyer’s premium.