A vast and eclectic collection of early technology comprising half a million individual items is on sale at Bonhams auction house.
The collection has all been amassed by antiques dealer Michael Bennett-Levy.
At the heart of the auction are 24 pre-war televisions – the largest collection ever assembled for sale – with the oldest dating back to 1930. He has one of John Logie Baird’s “Televisors” from that year, along with the window display model used to market it.
There’s even a do-it-yourself kit to build a similar, mechanical TV from 1934 – available to Daily Express readers at the time for a little over £5.
All of it will be sold, along with 102 post-war models that together make up a complete history of TV.
“The first of everything in every field of technology is by definition important and it suddenly occurred to me in 1991 that no-one seemed to be collecting the world’s first televisions,” Mr Bennett-Levy said.
“The rest of this collection I thought I ought to do something with television design. But I had no idea, so I just collected everything and what you see is what I think is the best of what I found.”
The collection includes an array of collectibles around the television industry.