Vintage Blaupunkt Radios
Vintage Blaupunkt Radios were produced by the German electronics manufacturer Blaupunkt GmbH.
History & Description
The company was established in 1923 under the name Ideal but would later change to Blaupunkt in 1938. The name derives from the German words for blue point, which refers to the blue dots that were painted onto products that had passed quality control.
Blaupunkt began producing and distributing short-wave radios during World War II. The company would use slave labour from the Groß-Rosen concentration camp.
From the 1960s onwards, Blaupunkt became Germany’s premier supplier and manufacturer of car radios and car radio equipment.
Guide for collectors
The price of a vintage Blaupunkt radio is determined by the item’s age, condition and materials used. For example, perhaps the most valuable examples of vintage Blaupunkt radios were made in the 1940s which featured Art Deco styles and were made of Bakelite and other early resins or plastics.
As a general rule, vintage Blaupunkt radios tend to sell between $20 and $100. However, more expensive examples have sold in the past for just under $400. As well as being sold through national auctioneers, vintage Blaupunkt radios are also regularly advertised on online bidding sites, such as eBay.
A good source of information for vintage Blaupunkt collectors are the websites Antique Radios, Radio Museum and Radio Attic.
While restoring vintage Blaupunkt radios is recommended, collectors or existing owners are urged to go through respected professional restorers to ensure that as much of the item’s original features are retained.
Notable auction sales
On November 19th 2011, a vintage Blaupunkt Barcelona model radio, circa 1950,realised a price of $100 through Capo Auction in Long Island City, New York.
On January 25th 2009 at Burchard Galleries in St. Petersburg, Florida, a mid-twentieth century Blaupunkt multiplex stereo and radio cabinet realised a price of $425.
On November 27th 2004, a vintage Blaupunkt Model VE 301 GW radio, made during World War II, realised a price of €160 through Auction Team Breker in Koeln, Germany.
On March 3rd 2012, a vintage 1950s Blaupunkt short-wave radio, made from mahogany, was sold on eBay for $143.50.
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