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Wurlitzer organ designed by Paul Fuller – estimate €7000-10,000 at Auction Team Breker on April 23-24.

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During his 13-year stay at the company he was responsible for 18 highly distinctive models.

Fuller made great use of illuminated and partly mirrored panels that came to characterise the image of the eyecatching jukeboxes, making Wurlitzer a household name.

His last creation was Model 1080, generally known as The Colonial, but sometimes also as The Mae West, which came onto the market in 1947.

Just over 7600 examples of this type were sold. One of them is being offered by Auction Team Breker of Cologne in its sale of April 23-24 with a guide of €7000-10,000.

It comes complete with 24, 78rpm shellac records, providing an eclectic selection of popular music of the time.

Among the tunes are several German hits from the 1940s, as well as Rum and Coca Cola by the Andrews Sisters, issued in 1945. The selection was obviously updated at some stage to include early songs by Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry (Johnny B Goode) from the 1950s and even I Should Have Known Better by the Beatles, which was released in 1964. Wurlitzer owners moved with the times.

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