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Neon Lamp Left On For 77 Years At LA Restaurant

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File photo of a neon light  (Photo Credit: Christopher Furlong / Getty Images)

File photo of a neon light (Photo Credit: Christopher Furlong / Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Renovation of a landmark Los Angeles restaurant has revealed a neon lamp that has been left on for about 77 years.

The building owner where Clifton’s Cafeteria is located told the Los Angeles Times that the lamp has probably generated more than $17,000 in electrical bills.

Andrew Meiran said the light, which softly illuminated a woodland scene, was found hidden behind a dusty partition at the restaurant known for its forest-inspired decor.

Meiran said the light was believed to be installed in 1935 in a nook in a basement bathroom. The nook was covered over in plastic and plywood when part of the restroom was partitioned off as a storage area.

For some reason, no one disconnected the electricity.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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