An online auction of production and broadcast equipment has raised over £670,000 after the closure of Fountain Studios.
The sale, which was organised by auctioneers Charterfields, saw worldwide interest with more than 450 bidders registering from Australia, New Zealand, USA, Italy, The Netherlands, as well as the UK.
Among the range of sound equipment, the Calrec Apollo 72 fader digital audio console led to the highest winning bid in excess of £85,000.
Fountain Studios closed in December 2016. It is described as the birthplace of TV talent shows after being home to some of the UK’s most popular programmes since the launch of ITV in 1955. They include On The Buses, Upstairs Downstairs and Opportunity Knocks to Britain’s Got Talent, Pop Idol, The Cube, The Voice, All Star Mr & Mrs and The Last Leg.
Ian Maycock, director of Charterfields, says: “We had more than 100 bidders attend the two viewing days as this was seen as a unique opportunity to acquire the highest specification technical equipment.”
The only remaining items are a number of bottles of champagne and wine signed by Simon Cowell, Ant & Dec, Louis Walsh, Tom Jones, Sharon Osbourne, Tony Bennett and Pink. These will be sold by Charterfields via an online auction during April.