An image dissector of the type designed by Philo Farnsworth sold for $17,500 at auction yesterday (you can read more about the image dissector here). It was the highest priced item to be auctioned off as part of the “Philo T. Farnsworth Museum – Complete Liquidation” sale, held by Little John Auctions at the World War II Victory Museum in Auburn, Indiana. Online bidding began two weeks before the final live auction.
The auction consisted of items from the collection of Stephen Hofer, who until recently operated the Philo T. Farnsworth Television History Center. You can read more about Hofer and the auction in this article from the Southtown Star.
The full catalog can be found here. A second, repaired image dissector sold for $1,500 and a third, which was damaged, for $350. Other high-priced items included a complete collection of TV Guide, which sold for $3,200, a 1960s 21″ Capehart/Farnsworth television set, which sold for $1,775 and a collection of Lucille Ball memorabilia, which sold for $1,100.
(Thanks to Traci for bringing this auction to my attention.)