BBC Bush House closes, auction begins

On 12 July at midday, the BBC World Service will broadcast its last news bulletin from Bush House, as the online auction for its contents gets underway.
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On 12 July at midday, the BBC World Service broadcast its last news bulletin from Bush House, as the online auction for the building's contents began. Online auctioneers have posted lots of the buildings contents to be bid on (there are over 1000), with minimum bids starting at £10 (€12.6). As of Monday morning, the BBC’s Steinway piano has already registered 56 bids, with the price now up to £4550 (€5800). A full range of broadcast gear – including microphones, headphones, turntables, reel-to-reel recorder/players, mixing consoles – is available to buy, as well as artwork from the BBC Shop, photographs of celebrities being interviews, office furniture, and basically anything not otherwise fixed to the building. The auction will continue until 25 July when some of the bidding will start to close, and will end on 27 July. A second phase of the auction will take place in September. Meanwhile, BBC World Service has returned to Broadcasting House, where service began in 1938, after Thursday's final news bulletin from Bush House. Bush House, located between Aldwych and The Strand in London, was once declared the ‘most expensive building in the world,’ having cost £2,000,000 (€2.5 million) when it opened in 1925.



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