Classical Violin & Slade’s Drum Kit to be auctioned at Tennants

Tennants Auctioneers’ sale of Scientific & Musical Instruments on 7th June includes two very different, but none the less intriguing items - a Genoese violin by Agostino de Plani, dated 1778, and a drum kit that belonged to Don Powell, drummer with legendary band Slade.

The 18th century violin was made in Genoa, a city with a dynamic musical environment, a renowned violin making community and in 1782 was the birthplace of Niccolò Paganini, the most celebrated violin virtuoso of his time. Instruments by de Plani rarely come up at auction, and although little is known about his life, his fine violins are sought-after by collectors.  The violin bears what is believed to be the original maker’s label reading ‘Augustinus De Planis Fecit Genuae 1778’, and is being sold with an estimate of £1,500 – 2,000.

In complete contrast, a piece of Glam Rock History is also up for sale, in the form of the kit used by Slade drummer Don Powell. The maple-sided Ludwig Tom-Tom Drums were used on studio recordings from 1971 to 1988. The drums are being sold with a letter of provenance, signed by Don Powell, with an estimate of £500-700. Tennants’ specialist, Kegan Harrison said of the drums: ‘Slade are such an iconic band in the story of British music, and this is a fantastic opportunity for fans to own a little piece of Glam Rock history’.

The sale will also include over 200 lots of Scientific Instruments. A fully illustrated catalogue for the sale of Scientific & Musical Instruments will be available on our website, leading up to the sale, alternatively, please contact the salerooms for further details.

Genoese Violin, made by Agostino de Plani in 1778
Estimate: £1,500-2,000