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Art Deco Fada Catalin Radio
Art Deco 1940's Fada Catalin L56 Chassis Tube Radio in Butterscotch with Fluted Knobs and Carrying Handle. This does not power on and would need to be serviced. There are some scratches but there appears there are no cracks after we have inspected with a light. However, this should be viewed in person if anyone has a concern due to the video and photographs provided cannot guarantee the condition. Please remember you can view any item if needed as stated on first page of each auction listed, *To view an item in person, please call the Auction Manager listed no later than the Tuesday prior to the Auction Closing. The Curator of the Museum of Radio & Technology in Huntington, WV was consulted by the owner of Yellow Brick Road Auctions for this particular radio and has stated a value of $3000.00 even in non-working condition.
This Radio has sold on several past auctions for prices ranging $3695.00 - $4852.00. This Lot has a starting bid price set at $300.00. Winning Bidder must meet that price or go above that price in order to win this lot.
The Creator of Fada Radios was Frank Angelo D'Andrea who was born in Salerno, Italy. After moving to New York with his family in 1890, he spent most of his early years studying drafting and mechanics After graduating from an engineering course, he began work at Frederick Pierce Company. In 1918, he went into business with his half brother and opened and began production of crystal radio parts and kits in the Bronx. He recognized crystal radios would be replaced with tube radios and started manufacturing vacuum tube radios which became a big hit. After several years he retired in 1932. But, then in 1934, opened a new company F.A.D. Andrea Inc. And then changed it's corporate title to Andrea Radio Corporation in 1937. After WWII, the company started offering television models. He passed away in 1965.