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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #15 on: July 25, 2014, 11:48:51 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?

In some photos the mounting cord looked black; in the bleached out photo it looked dark gray.
Update: rec'd the aqua blue phone today, and it is an all dates matching 10-57 set with 13 foot  dark gray D3BG mounting cord dated 1957. I'm guessing the installer didn't have any 13' aqua mounting cords stocked on his truck yet.
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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #16 on: July 26, 2014, 10:27:19 AM »
Here's one that ended two days ago and it may be some kind of record. A yellow soft plastic 500U, from 9-58. Some parts were made in 8-58, which made it a birthday phone for me. I bid, but got left in the dust big time. It went for $1005.01. It's the only yellow 500U I've ever seen aside from the Once Upon a Honeymoon short movie, made for the Bell System.
 
http://www.ebay.com/itm/291193354612
 
It was the seller's grandmother's phone. I'm sure the seller was very happy with the outcome, once they picked her up off the floor.  :)  It sat at $250 for a week until the last few seconds.
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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #17 on: July 26, 2014, 11:17:02 AM »
It sat at $250 for a week until the last few seconds.

Amazing! The starting bid asked was $250. The first bidder went in at $252.52 about an hour after it was listed. Only five bidders but the last 4 of them came in with one bid within 18 seconds of the auction ending. I'll bet the seller did hit the floor when that happened.
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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #18 on: July 26, 2014, 11:26:20 AM »
Well, I have always had the impression that good Tenite yellow (-56) 500s, 1954-1959, are harder to find intact than blue. To find a 500U in this condition is exceptional. The set doesn't even seem much discolored.

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Re: Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #19 on: July 30, 2014, 10:39:51 PM »
Northern Electric Light Gray 591BW-61
1962
Sold for $44.63 on July 29, 2014 (WA)


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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #20 on: July 30, 2014, 10:47:33 PM »
Northern Electric  500 aqua blue 1959

http://www.ebay.com/itm/111416197812

sold for $57.97 + 28.70 from Canada  on 2014-07-30

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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #21 on: July 31, 2014, 04:40:55 PM »
Western Electric light gray 500
500DR-61--network and ringer dated 1-58, transmitter dated 2 19 60
Sold for $69.95 May 15, 2014 (MO)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/251531611120
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Re: Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #22 on: July 31, 2014, 04:48:56 PM »
Western Electric Red 500
500DR-53 dated 1956--note 6 hole caps
Sold for $24.97 on July 9, 2014

http://www.ebay.com/itm/261522577144
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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #23 on: July 31, 2014, 05:07:17 PM »
Western Electric
500DR-53
All original dated 8-56 (other than 505A plug)
Sold for $159.82 on July 10, 2014 (CA)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/161358274613

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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #24 on: August 02, 2014, 07:42:46 PM »
Mediterranean Blue 500
500DR-57 Dated 7-57
Sold for $400 after 12 bids
http://www.ebay.com/itm/291184101721

It was Auction #124 on this forum:
http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=12234.30
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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #25 on: August 04, 2014, 12:47:08 PM »
Light Gray WE 500
500DR-61
Base 10-59; housing and handset dated 1-60
Sold for $67 June 29, 2014. 10 bids (CA)
http://www.ebay.com/itm/251567405735
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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #26 on: August 05, 2014, 09:37:42 AM »
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.

I was the winner of this auction.  I've been waiting patiently a long time to score a soft aqua blue that's not faded.  I can finally say I have one!  It's an odd one.  Judging by the dial it was originally a Med Blue.  Plastics are from late 57 and late 58 almost a year apart?  With the exception of the rest on the base and the filth the phone is in great shape.  Last shot shows how good the color of the phone really is...

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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #27 on: August 05, 2014, 10:07:02 AM »
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.

I was the winner of this auction.  I've been waiting patiently a long time to score a soft aqua blue that's not faded.  I can finally say I have one!  It's an odd one.  Judging by the dial it was originally a Med Blue.  Plastics are from late 57 and late 58 almost a year apart?  With the exception of the rest on the base and the filth the phone is in great shape.  Last shot shows how good the color of the phone really is...
Sorry, I don't quite understand your post.  Are these pictures of the same phone as in the auction?
What's all that crud inside?
Seems rather discolored, the plastics are a mix of different kinds.

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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #28 on: August 05, 2014, 10:25:53 AM »
Crud is mold.  It's not discolored just bad lighting. Aqua is hard to photograph in night time lighting.  Last shot shows handset/cord as compared to inside of body.  Color matches.  Auction photo is a better way to judge color....I'll take better photos once phone is cleaned up...

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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #29 on: August 05, 2014, 11:02:10 AM »
Crud is mold.  It's not discolored just bad lighting. Aqua is hard to photograph in night time lighting.  Last shot shows handset/cord as compared to inside of body.  Color matches.  Auction photo is a better way to judge color....I'll take better photos once phone is cleaned up...
Sometimes it is really useful to photograph in 'bad' lighting. It reveals material, surface and color differences that the human eye has a hard time with. This is especially true for blue, as the eye cannot focus well in blue light.