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    You Can Buy A Lot Of Strange Things In The BBC TV Centre Auction

    Auntie is saying goodbye to its famed Television Centre in Shepherd's Bush after 54 years, and you can bid on a whole heap of memorabilia – and a forklift truck – in an online auction.

    Workmen yesterday took down the famous black-and-white "BBC" letters from the side of Television Centre (TVC) after Auntie finally handed over the keys to developers this week.

    End of an era as the BBC letters are taken down from Television Centre

    But if you're sad about the building's demise, an online auction is taking place throughout October in which you can bid on more than 2,000 historic items from the vaults – and a lathe.

    Eye-catching items include a 22-metre-long backdrop from the Match of the Day set and a fetching canvas backdrop featuring Matt Smith as the Doctor.

    There are also these massive BBC cubes, as well as various signs from around the building that now serve no purpose whatsoever.

    Why not buy this Morecambe and Wise print, or start your own amateur broadcasting empire with these (probably outmoded) satellite dishes?

    Raising the question of what exactly BBC employees used to get up to, the lot also includes a selection of industrial drills, a "double-ended grinder", a lathe, a forklift truck, and a Navtel protocol analyser, whatever that is.

    The auction is being handled by auctioneers Peaker Pattinson and the last day for bidding is 7 November.

    An earlier round of the auction took place in June where you could have bought ancient sports-commentator microphones and retro telephones (i.e. ones with wires).

    The big BBC letters from the side of the building are, however, not for sale.

    @psmith Hello Patrick. The 'blocks' aren't being auctioned. We're looking to use them at a different BBC site.

    The Beeb moved out of TVC more than a year ago – the last news bulletin from there was in March 2013. But the corporation still has leases on three studios in the TVC complex, which will be in use again from 2017 after being refurbished, and its money-making commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, still has offices there.

    The land is being used to build almost 1,000 homes, as well as a hotel, offices, restaurants, and a branch of the Soho House private members' club.

    The TVC Closure project, run by a joint BBC and Atos team, has moved or closed down about 7,500 circuit connections, over 20 satellite dishes, 300 IT servers and also the main third floor Central Apparatus Area control room operation, that has been there since TVC opened...We're confident that there are no links remaining now, but as decommissioning TVC is really technological archaeology, there's still a remote chance of something ancient and undiscovered lurking in the depths… TVC was designed to be the BBC's hub, and it is a testament to that design that it has served the BBC so well since 1960. Thank you TVC!

    Update: BBC News brings this to our attention. If anyone knows anything about this mystical broadcasting device, please let us know.

    @psmith I want to know what happened to the rumoured bit of kit in the basement that no one dared turn off cos they didn't know what it did