Wurlitzer 1015

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2015-06-26 10:36:09

Wurlitzer 1015 is a vintage jukebox made by the Rudolph Wurlitzer Company produced between the years 1946 and 1947, after World War II had ended and building materials were once again available. 56,000 units were sold in less than two years. This model is sometimes called the “Bubbler” due to its use of bubble tubes and was designed by the famous Wurlitzer designer, Paul Fuller. The machine has an art deco look with illuminated colour changing pilasters, 8 bubble tubes, shiny chrome and domed top.

The jukebox is coin operated and plays 78rpm records. It also has push-button Multi-Selector technology which allows selected records to be played.

The jukebox was well received, with many being used well into the 1950s. By 1954, 45rpm records were becoming more popular and so Wurlitzer released conversion kits for their jukeboxes so they could still be used.

The Wurlitzer 1015 was so popular that Wurlitzer reintroduced the model in 1986 with all the latest technology of the time, including the ability to play CDs.

The Wurlitzer 1015 jukebox has appeared in the background in many films and television programmes including Cheers, Friends, Back to the Future and On the Waterfront.

Notable sales

A Wurlitzer 1015 jukebox was sold for £7,050 at a Christie’s auction in London, England in May 2003.

RM Auctions sold a Wurlitzer 1015 jukebox on June 9 2007. It sold for $12,000.

On December 23 2006, a 1015 jukebox was sold for $7,900 by Priddy’s Auction Galleries in Denver, Colorado.

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