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$3,200 Clear 500 Auction
« on: March 07, 2018, 03:19:32 PM »
I haven't seen anyone report this auction, so I thought others would like to see this phone that appeared and then sold on Monday morning. It's quite a phone and it brought quite a price too.

It's a clear 500 set from 6-58, with F-53115 stamped on the bottom, with a clear G6 volume control handset and dark gray cord thrown in, and together they brought $3,200 as a Buy-it-now auction on Monday. Am I the only one who saw it? It appeared and maybe two hours later it was gone. Here's the auction link for posterity and two screen captures from the auction and some pictures.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/112851547003

The seller says something about this phone being made in Shreveport for Bell Labs. Does anyone else know about that? I thought all the 500 sets were made in Indianapolis during the 1950s, but I suppose not.

Wouldn't this have been a wonderful auction contest phone if it had been a straight auction? But then again, would it have brought that amount? I guess we'll never know.
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Re: $3,200 Clear 500 Auction
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2018, 04:40:59 PM »
WOW :o
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Re: $3,200 Clear 500 Auction
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2018, 06:36:52 PM »
That was a very pristine phone...probably the nicest I've seen for a transparent one. $3200 isn't that unrealistic, considering the many gaps it could fill for the deep-pocket collectors out there!
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Re: $3,200 Clear 500 Auction
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2018, 07:17:14 PM »
This phone came from a gentleman  that did work at W/E. I beleive there is a connection to this phone and the pictures i am posting. This is from my collection.

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Re: $3,200 Clear 500 Auction
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2018, 07:23:31 PM »
But the story gets a bit better it was not the only phone I bought.

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Re: $3,200 Clear 500 Auction
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2018, 07:34:52 PM »
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Re: $3,200 Clear 500 Auction
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2018, 07:37:04 PM »
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Re: $3,200 Clear 500 Auction
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2018, 07:39:06 PM »
These came from a retired W/E collector that passed quite a few years ago.

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Re: $3,200 Clear 500 Auction
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2018, 07:40:04 PM »
All these were purchased at one time at a ATCA telephone show.

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Re: $3,200 Clear 500 Auction
« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2018, 07:41:29 PM »
I highly suggest attend ing telephone shows.

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Re: $3,200 Clear 500 Auction
« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2018, 07:43:39 PM »
You should have seen what I passed on. There were more.

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Re: $3,200 Clear 500 Auction
« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2018, 07:45:05 PM »
Both the OP posted auction phone, and Payphone installer have the same F number 53115 ?
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Re: $3,200 Clear 500 Auction
« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2018, 10:38:18 PM »
How much did you fork over for those, Payphoneinstaller?
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Re: $3,200 Clear 500 Auction
« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2018, 07:22:46 AM »
I think 1500.00 for all 3 been a while. There were probably 6 pr 7 for sale including a 302 all from the same place. Couple years ago. I passed years ago probably around 1989 on a clear 5302 it was the only one I have ever seen. Price was to high back then at 300.00 dollars. LOL

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Re: $3,200 Clear 500 Auction
« Reply #14 on: March 08, 2018, 05:34:01 PM »
Both the OP posted auction phone, and Payphone installer have the same F number 53115 ?
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The clear 500's  marked F53115 are phone store display phones. These were the first of the production run of clear 500's for phone stores. They are soft plastic . The dial center is a Bell emblem and mine   has a red letter "G" stamped on it. I have seen other 1958 clear 500's with the same dial center and a red stamp.

These were used in a display for color 500 sets. The fingerwheel on mine has an earlier style number plate. 

Here is mine from the conference call
http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=2534.msg34767#msg34767
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I have some photos of some other cool clear sets on the same thread.
« Last Edit: March 08, 2018, 06:57:57 PM by Jim S. »
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