Lightbulb Auction Picture Database

Lightbulb Auction Picture Database
This section is meant for the non-collector who is interested in getting a glimpse on what kind of collectible lightbulbs are out there, to get an idea on which bulbs are rare finds and which are common finds, and what they are usually worth. All bulbs shown here were sold on eBay, none of which were won by the person behind this website (except for a few of the affordable ones). If you would like to know more about a particular bulb, simply email me and I'll tell you what I know.


Rare Lightbulbs
These are some of the most expensive I've seen:

1888 frosted Edison lightbulb, excellent working condition (sold for $405) [1] [2]
1888 clear Edison Bulb with "Edison Patents" sticker, excellent condition (sold for $565) [1] [2]
1886 Edison lightbulb (sold for $1,112) [1] [2] [3]
Bernstein-Heisler streetlighting bulb with T-H base (sold for $710) [1] [2]
Reddy Kilowatt neon glow bulb with base (sold for $740) [1]
Edison lightbulb with T-H adapter (sold for $590) [1]
Cobalt Blue 'New Type Edison' lightbulb, c. 1895, 16c 112v (sold for $292) [1] [2]
1906 Albert Miller lightbulb (sold for $88) [1] [2] [3]
Another Albert Miller lightbulb [1]
Westinghouse Tantalum 40w lightbulb (sold for $277) [1] [2] [3]
Small 12 watt Tantalum lightbulb (sold for $212) [1] [2]
GE 25 watt Tantalum lightbulb (sold for $135) [1]
Huge, round, mogul-based Westinghouse tungsten lightbulb (sold for $168) [1] [2] [3]
Westinghouse pin-base lightbulb with hairpin filament (sold for $91) [1] [2] [3]
Westinghouse "stopper" lightbulb (reserve not met, $812) [1] [2] [3]
Ruby red Shelby lightbulb (sold for $113) [1]
Sterling Spiral lightbulb (also exists as "Sterling Special") [1] [2] [3]


Odd Lightbulbs
Some of the most bizarre bulbs I've come across:

Dutch HOLLITE bulb with bayonet base (listing ended early) [1]
French ETOILE HYDRA bulb, bayonet-based (listing ended early) [1] [2] [3]
Very odd projection bulb, bi-post base [1]
Extremely odd bulb with vent tubes on sides (sold for $3) [1]
1900's Westinghouse pin-base bulb, with black glass insulation! [1]


Common Lightbulbs
The following bulbs are common finds:

1910's Edison Mazda 50w 115v lightbulb [1]
1900's carbon filament lightbulb [1]
1930's tungsten streetlighting bulb, 300 watt [1]
1980's Mercury vapor streetlighting bulb [1]
1950's GE Deluxe (GA-50) 50 watt, mushroom-like bulb ($5) [1]
GE C6 christmas lightbulbs [1] [2]
Giant 1000 watt tungsten lightbulb [1] [2]
Round therapeutic carbon heat bulb [1] [2]
Airway Beacon 1000w projection bulb, with mogul bi-post base [1]
Carton of old clear flashbulbs [1]
Automotive headlight bulbs, circa 1930's [1]
More automotive headlight bulbs, some are tipped [1]
"Light's Jubilee" Commemorative Edison lightbulb replica (common, but expensive!) [1]
Aerolux "cheer lights" figural flower glow bulb (value varies a lot) [1] [2]

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