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Offline AE40FAN

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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #30 on: August 05, 2014, 11:30:00 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.

Unbeldi...wait for the after clean up reveal before you continue to question.  Thanks:-)

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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #31 on: August 05, 2014, 05:40:16 PM »
Better photo in daylight.  iPhone 4S camera is horrible in low light.  I'm happy ::)

Offline WesternElectricBen

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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #32 on: August 05, 2014, 05:57:43 PM »
Looks fantastic, Frank. Can you explain the pre 1957 aqua, was it the original color or was it a furbished phone?

Ben

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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #33 on: August 05, 2014, 06:13:51 PM »
Hey Ben,

It was originally color code -57  Med Blue :-).  Aqua plastics are from late 57 and late 58 almost a year gap between dates.  Not sure if it may have been refurbed 3 times or twice using left over parts from previous year....

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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #34 on: August 07, 2014, 02:53:17 PM »
What value is a NOS beige 500?  ???
You have a call on line 2.

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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #35 on: August 10, 2014, 10:28:06 PM »
Pink Western Electric 500
500DR-59
Matching dates 11-57; first year for pink.
Appears to be all original other than the 6-conductor mounting cord.

Sold for $75.00 buy it now (with free shipping) on August 10, 2014 (TX)
http://www.ebay.com/itm/201145267164
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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #36 on: August 10, 2014, 10:34:09 PM »
"C'est pas une restauration, c'est une rénovation."--François Martin.

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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #37 on: August 13, 2014, 10:05:36 AM »
Mediterranean Blue 500DR-57 11-55
Sold for $360.05 on 2014-08-12---9 bids (NY)
http://www.ebay.com/itm/181487823242
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Offline jsowers

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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #38 on: August 14, 2014, 05:42:26 PM »
Oxford Gray 500CR-52 12-55
Sold for $129.50 on 8-10-14---6 bids (WI)
http://www.ebay.com/itm/371115127100
 
I'm the one who got this phone. It's a bargain for dark gray in today's climate, I think. The seller said it was olive green, but I could tell the phone matched the cords. It's the first manual color 500 I've ever gotten. It is a bit greenish on the outside, but it's dark gray on the inside and there are no cracks anywhere.
 
Color manual 500s aren't too plentiful. The 2L5N number is a little unusual for a manual phone. The last pic is from the auction. The first two were taken on my front steps.
Jonathan

Offline WesternElectricBen

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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #39 on: August 14, 2014, 06:52:11 PM »
Wow, Jonathan, what a fantastic find.. Especially the manual makes this, in my mind, more interesting than a dial set.

Ben

Offline JorgeAmely

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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #40 on: August 15, 2014, 04:44:28 PM »
Jonathan, this is an outstanding catch. I know some people that would call it "the one that got away!".
Jorge

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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #41 on: August 15, 2014, 08:14:34 PM »
Wow, what an amazing find! What really makes that phone special os obviously the matching dial blank. Great catch!
Christian Petterson

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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #42 on: August 19, 2014, 06:41:08 PM »
Mahogany Brown 500D-54
Dated 6/54
Buy it now price was $639; sold for somewhere between $578 and $591

www.ebay.com/itm/191280795694
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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #43 on: September 08, 2014, 06:38:16 PM »
Mediterranean Blue 500DR-57
Sold for $611.17 Sept. 7, 2014
http://www.ebay.com/itm/221539617970
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Re: WE Color 500s--Recent Auction Prices
« Reply #44 on: October 02, 2014, 12:36:33 AM »
The quantities of color 500s in the "recent auction" topic are not representative of the number manufactured, nor even their frequency on Ebay. Rather, the emphasis so far is on the original 1953 and 1954 colors that were discontinued in 1957: oxford gray (-52), brown (-54), rose beige (-55) and Mediterranean blue (-57), which are the most expensive, and perhaps on the most want lists. Not only white, but also ivory,  green and light beige  have so far not been posted on this topic.
"C'est pas une restauration, c'est une rénovation."--François Martin.