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Brompton’s was founded earlier this year by Peter Horner, who set up the musical instrument department at Bonhams, and James Buchanan, former head of musical instruments at Sotheby’s. They will carry a stock of instruments and offer items on consignment alongside regular auctions.

Chairman Olivier Stocker welcomed Brompton’s to Spink: “We are all experts, passionate about our different subjects who share the same values.”