Wurlitzer 1100

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Wurlitzer 1100 is a vintage jukebox created by the Rudolph Wurlitzer Company and released in 1947. The model was produced between 1947 and 1949, a time that is considered to be America’s “golden age” for jukeboxes. The Wurlitzer 1100 is a 24 selection jukebox which plays 78rpm records. The domed glass front enabled the user to watch the arm lift the record onto the turntable. As the jukebox played, multi coloured lights rotated within the pilasters creating a light show. The lights are reflected in the chrome of the jukebox as the record plays.

Design

The Wurlitzer 1100 jukebox is the last jukebox designed by Paul Fuller, a well know designer for Wurlitzer.

The design of the Wurlitzer 1100 was indicative of the modernisation of jukeboxes. The look of the Wurlitzer 1100 was less 1940s art deco like previous models.

This jukebox was one of the first models where the glass dome over the record player can be opened up.

It is often thought that the plexiglass dome of this specific jukebox was inspired by the nose of a Boeing B17 Flying Fortress.

Notable sales

On 7 November 2006, a Wurlitzer 1100 jukebox was sold at a Christie’s auction in London, England. The jukebox sold for £7,200.

On 1 September 2005, a Wurlitzer 1100 was sold by Morphy Auctions in Denver, PA. The jukebox sold for $6,000.

TAL merchandising sold a Wurlitzer 1100 on 17 November 2007. It was sold for CHF13,500.

A Wurlizer 1100 was sold at auction for £2,880 on November 10 2009. The auction was held by Bonhams.

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