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Believed to be made by Imhof & Mukle in 1861, the carved oak-cased orchestrion was part of an 80-lot collection built up by the late Harold Smith of Saddington Hall, Saddington, Leicestershire, where the sale was held in a marquee in the grounds. Buyers from across Europe and America were undaunted by the £90,000 top
estimate and the orchestrion went home courtesy of a German museum’s bid of £95,000.