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06 July 2017

RadioShack auction is a vintage wonderland of answering machines and, for some reason, oil paintings

RadioShack will forever be known as the mecca for electronic hobbyists and tech enthusiasts, even if the retail store has gone bankrupt and is pretty much dead

To relive the glory days of home electronics and amateur tinkering, an online auction is offering up vintage items from old store signs to store catalogs from the 1960s.

Online auction house UBid Estate & Auction Services in Texas was hired by RadioShack to auction off a cache of electronics and store memorabilia from 12 safes in Fort Worth, Texas, UBid owner and auctioneer Michael Huff said Wednesday. RadioShack was once headquartered in the city.

Catalogs from the 1960s and '70s really bring back the memories.

Catalogs from the 1960s and ’70s really bring back the memories.

Some of the treasures up for bidding: unused microcomputers, transistor radios, clock radios, original brick cellphones, answering machines, and old catalogs featuring the trendiest consumer electronics of the ’60s and ’70s and beyond.

Already 37 bids are in for this portable computer, bumping up this 1980s tech to $135.

Already 37 bids are in for this portable computer, bumping up this 1980s tech to $135.

Some of the most popular items on the auction site are store signs (one is up to more than $300) and paintings of quintessential RadioShack stores— which, bizarrely, have been bid up to $1,400. 

One of the coveted RadioShack oil paintings.

One of the coveted RadioShack oil paintings.

Keyboard, anyone?

Keyboard, anyone?

You used to call me on my home phone.

You used to call me on my home phone.

The auction ends Monday, so now’s your chance to get that answering machine you’ve been waxing nostalgic over.

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