Thursday, September 6, 2007

Crosley WLW Super-Power Receiver Sells for $55,000 at Auction!

One of the largest--and rarest--radio sets ever made, Crosley's WLW Model Super Power Radio Receiver, was sold at auction on April 28, 2007, for $55,000. Except for missing two of its four amplifiers and two speakers, the set auctioned was in excellent condition. Complete, it might have brought $75,000 to $100,000. Only one other example of the Crosley WLW Model is known to exist today. The sale was conducted by Estes Auctions in Burbank, OH ( Auctioneer Richard Estes also sold a Zenith Stratosphere for $55,000.

I'll post more info on the WLW Model Super Power Radio Receiver here in a few days, but here's some background: the WLW receiver was built in 1936 by the Crosley Radio Corporation as the world's largest and most powerful receiver. The set was inspired by Eugene MacDonald of Zenith turning out the Zenith 1000Z Stratosphere receiver a year earlier--which at the time it was the world's largest set.
Copyright © 2007, Michael A. Banks

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