Jukebox Selection

The Musical & Scientific Instruments, Cameras & Tools Sale at Tennants Auctioneers on Friday 30th September brought music to the ears, as nine of the top ten lots of the sale all fell under the ‘music’ genre of the 377 lot sale.

The hammer total of £95,000 was boosted by a small yet select Jukebox section; the four lots consigned by a private collector attracted a huge amount of pre-sale attention. Lot 2160 a Towers Jukebox made £2,000, just above pre-sale estimate, but it was lot 2163, the Wurlitzer Model 850 Peacock Multi-selector Phonograph that reached a high £9,000 against a more modest estimate of £4,000-6,000. Kegan Harrison specialist cataloguer attributed the success of the lot to “this is a very rare early jukebox, is an icon of its day and still highly desirable to collectors”.

It was a good day for The Beatles as lot 2180 a display containing bass guitar and images sold for £2,300 and lot 2180 a John Lennon Imagine Album Cover and replica gold disc sold for £2,000.  It was lot 2175 however, displays of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Hard Days’ Night, that reached £3,500.

The more traditional music section in the form of Cylinder music boxes also hit high notes with lot 2159 a Swiss music box, with bells & drum in view, reaching a total of £2,000 and lot 2151, a B A Bremond (Geneva) fine cylinder music box, reaching a total of £1,400.

Other strong prices were achieved across the Guitars, wind instruments and Hi-Fi equipment, where condition and brand name are the key to success.

The top lot of the Scientific Section was lot 2236, a set of eight bronze bell weights stamped ‘Imperial Standard’ with Crown Mark Derby, which sold for £1,400 and lot 2322, a Leica IIIg Camera which sold for £1,000.  

In giving an overview of the sale Kegan Harrison comments that “those lots which achieved above estimate could be attributed to excellent condition, well-known brand or makers and where possible provenance, or a combination of all three; ‘The Beatles’ and ‘Elvis’, Gibson and Fender, Revox, Boosey & Hawkes, Leica and Wurlitzer, are just some of the names which achieved high prices in this sale”.

We are now accepting entries for the next Auction in the new year.