Musical Instruments & Memorabilia

The craftsmanship involved in the most prized musical instruments affects the quality of sound they produce as well as their appearance. For example, string instruments made by the Italian Stradivari family – and particularly Antonio Stradivari – in the 17th and 18th centuries are said to produce a sound that has never been replicated even in similar designs.

Those instruments created by Antonio during his ‘golden period’ (1700-1720) command particularly strong prices. More recent instruments, such as electric guitars played by pop music giants of the 20th century also pull in large prices – such as Jimi Hendrix’s Woodstock Stratocaster, which was bought for a Seattle museum for $2m.


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Banjolele once owned by music hall star George Formby comes to auction in Derbyshire

24 June 2017

An auction of a banjolele at Hansons Auctioneers will be music to the ears of George Formby fans later this month.

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'Britain’s Fabulous Disc Stars' - early Beatles poster ignites bidding battle

30 May 2017

A gig poster advertising as the headline act ‘Britain’s Fabulous Disc Stars!’ sold for £28,000 at the Roger Jones (20% buyer’s premium inc VAT) May 23 auction.

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Celebrating 50th anniversary of Summer of Love at Heritage Auctions

15 May 2017

Jimi Hendrix's Fender Stratocaster - 'the guitar that changed music' - is being offered at Heritage Auctions' sale in June

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Pick of the Week: The Regent’s piano returns home

18 April 2017

A grand piano commissioned by George IV in 1821 is to return to Brighton Pavilion after it sold for £62,000 at Piano Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) in London on April 6.

George IV piano

George IV grand piano goes home to Brighton Pavilion

13 April 2017

A grand piano commissioned by George IV for the Brighton Pavilion in 1821 is to make its way home after a local museum won the bidding at auction.

Violin made by Antonio Stradivari at auction

Stradivarius violin takes £1.6m at London auction

12 April 2017

A rare violin made in 1684 by Antonio Stradivari sold for £1.6m at a recent sale at London specialists Ingles & Hayday, the third highest price ever achieved at auction for an instrument by the great Italian luthier.

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Reader tips? Music to our ears

05 April 2017

MADAM – I was amused to read in the Previews section of ATG No 2285 that the “star” in Locke & England’s March 30 sale would be a large organ clock, estimated at £3000-5000 (lot 100). This is certainly not the case.

Adam Moore

Restoration firm Plowden & Smith wins project for Scotland’s oldest concert hall as it celebrates 50 years in business

06 December 2016

Conservation and restoration firm Plowden & Smith has won a new contract to help the University of Edinburgh renovate Scotland’s oldest concert hall.

Beethoven manuscript at centre of attribution debate fails to sell at Sotheby’s

29 November 2016

A musical manuscript at the centre of a row over whether it was handwritten by Ludwig van Beethoven or a copyist has failed to sell at an auction at Sotheby’s.

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London pub owner buys violin made from Winston Churchill’s cigar box at auction

18 November 2016

A violin made from one of Winston Churchill’s cigar boxes was one of the starring lots at Ingles & Hayday October 25 auction.

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New album by The Beatles photographer offered as part of charity auction

26 October 2016

A limited edition photo of two members of The Beatles and a new signed monograph by the photographer who took it are part of a 107-lot timed charity auction that closes on November 6.

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Musician in plea for stolen violin

18 October 2016

A London-based musician’s equipment, including an antique violin, has been stolen and she is calling on the trade to help her find it.

Black Sabbath memorabilia

The Osbournes swoop on Black Sabbath memorabilia

15 September 2016

The Osbourne family have snapped up Black Sabbath memorabilia ahead of a planned auction in Sheffield.

Giovanni Grancino cello

Cash in the attic - Grancino cello and Voirin bow sell for £173,000 at London auction

19 July 2016

A cello by Giovanni Grancino made in Milan in c.1710 was one of a number of ‘attic finds’ that led Brompton’s latest musical instruments auction.

The Steinway piano being sold by Abbey Road studios

Steinway piano leads key sales of musical instruments

14 June 2016

One of the main attractions at Piano Auctions’ upcoming quarterly auction at the Conway Hall in London on June 23 is this Steinway with celebrity status.

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Steinway grand piano in high demand at Sting’s £3m Christie’s sale

29 February 2016

A Steinway grand piano sold for a double-estimate £95,000 on February 24 when Christie’s King Street held a £3m, 146-lot sale of items from the former Queen Anne’s Gate home of musician Sting and his wife Trudie Styler.

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Rare Boccaccio manuscript at Florence Biennale

18 September 2015

Florence’s longstanding Antiques Fair, the ‘Biennale Internationale dell’ Antiquariato di Firenze’, opens next week in the city’s 17th century Palazzo Corsini, running from September 26 to October 4.

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Sweet music makes £120,000

17 March 2015

Bath auctioneers Gardiner Houlgate (20% buyer’s premium) set a new house record on March 12 with the sale of a guitar by the celebrated French luthier Jean-Baptiste Voboam (1658-after 1731) for £120,000.

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Space photos star in the saleroom

13 March 2015

“Most of us will never experience space, which explains why space-flown items are in such high demand. Their travels imbue them with an almost mystical aura.”

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Handel manuscript emerges at Berlin auction

11 March 2015

Only one other major George Frederick Handel (1685-1759) manuscript has come up for auction in the last 40 years, so Stargardt in Berlin can be assured of an international audience for the extensive autograph work they will offer on March 24-25.

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