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WECo Color 500s - Recent Auction Prices

Started by poplar1, July 03, 2014, 10:55:55 AM

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poplar1

Recent Ebay sales for color 500s:

Rose Beige: $620 July 1
http://www.ebay.com/itm/121374121733

Mahogany Brown: $525 BIN June 8
http://www.ebay.com/itm/161331795423
"C'est pas une restauration, c'est une rénovation."--François Martin.

jsowers

#1
Aqua Blue 500U: $649 June 27
http://www.ebay.com/itm/171365720587

This phone had a revealed right front corner crack and an unrevealed huge chunk out of the mushroom cap mounting area.
Jonathan

poplar1

"C'est pas une restauration, c'est une rénovation."--François Martin.

jsowers

The second auction revealed a hairline crack in the front of the phone that was re-sold (but no picture of it).

Am I the only one who's struck dumb by the amount these damaged phones are bringing?
Jonathan

BDM

Nope, sure not. But what'ya gonna do? Silly in my book also.

Quote from: jsowers on July 03, 2014, 12:12:04 PM
The second auction revealed a hairline crack in the front of the phone that was re-sold (but no picture of it).

Am I the only one who's struck dumb by the amount these damaged phones are bringing?

--Brian--

St Clair Shores, MI

New England Tel.

Just proves what I've always said:

Some people have more dollars than sense!

-Bob Archambault

unbeldi

#6
Recent eBay sales for color 500s:

$224.72 May 14: 1957 aqua blue Western Electric 500D:  http://www.ebay.com/itm/151297402205

$224.72 May 15: 1963 pink Western Electric 500U:  http://www.ebay.com/itm/231226591240



Both of these surprised me for obvious reasons.

poplar1

500D-57 Mediterranean Blue, May, 1954
"Neutral" cords
Black number plate as originally furnished
Sold for $500 Buy-it-now on June 8, 2014
one repaired crack

http://www.ebay.com/itm/231253612234

"C'est pas une restauration, c'est une rénovation."--François Martin.

mentalstampede

Lime Green Stromberg for $236.49???

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-1970s-Stromberg-Carlson-BRIGHT-LIME-GREEN-Rotary-Phone-WOW-/331241596266?roken=cUgayN

I was expecting this to go for FAR less. I know it's not technically WE, but that just makes it more absurd.
My name is Kenn, and I like telephones.

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Greg G.

How recent would you like these to be?  I payed around $100.00 (includes $74 purchase price + 18% online buyer premium + shipping) from Proxibid for my 12-55 Mahogany 500 in April 2012.
The idea that a four-year degree is the only path to worthwhile knowledge is insane.
- Mike Row
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poplar1

Quote from: Brinybay on July 04, 2014, 07:50:18 PM
How recent would you like these to be?  I payed around $100.00 (includes $74 purchase price + 18% online buyer premium + shipping) from Proxibid for my 12-55 Mahogany 500 in April 2012.

You got a great deal!
No limits on the date sold.
"C'est pas une restauration, c'est une rénovation."--François Martin.

poplar1

Mahogany brown 500DR-54
Sold for $325 buy-it-now on July 8, 2014:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1955-BROWN-Western-Electric-500-desk-telephone-the-real-thing-/281381023827
"C'est pas une restauration, c'est une rénovation."--François Martin.

poplar1

Aqua blue 500 dated 10-57. Is it all original?  Is that a "neutral" (dark gray) mounting cord? This may have been added in the field at the time of the installation.

Sold today for $42 Buy it now.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/131248474431
"C'est pas une restauration, c'est une rénovation."--François Martin.

unbeldi

#13
Quote from: poplar1 on July 21, 2014, 09:33:27 PM
Aqua blue 500 dated 10-57. Is it all original?  Is that a "neutral" (dark gray) mounting cord? This may have been added in the field at the time of the installation.

Sold today for $42 Buy it now.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/131248474431
did you believe it was aqua?

jsowers

Here's another aqua blue that ended on Sunday, as a BIN for $49.95. It's odd in that the base is dated 7-56, which is before aqua blue was released. It could be an early refurb, but doesn't look painted. The plastics look to be soft plastic (you can even see the housing date stamp in the base shot).

http://www.ebay.com/itm/141353287450

These BIN auctions are sometimes hard to catch. They come up and then disappear as soon as the phone is bought.
Jonathan