Scientific & Musical Instruments, Cameras & Tools

Tennants Auctioneers’ Scientific and Musical Instruments Sale on 21st February saw a continued demand for good musical instruments, attracting a strong following of overseas bidders online as well as UK buyers who travelled to fill the saleroom.
The top lot of the sale was a Musik Automat Music Box, complete with two dancing bisque dolls, which sold for £1,900 (plus 24% buyer’s premium). Traditional stringed instruments performed strongly too, with a Cello that is possibly German in origin, selling for £1,900 against an estimate of £500-700 (plus 24% buyer’s premium).
Good guitars continue to attract attention at auction, and a Fender Jazz Bass Guitar sold strongly, achieving a hammer price of £1,450 (plus 24% buyer’s premium), whilst a Fender Custom 59 Esquire Telecaster sold for £1,100 (plus 24% buyer’s premium). Good modern musical instruments with a sought-after maker’s name such as the C G Conn ‘Naked Lady’ Tenor Saxophone that sold for £1,200 (plus 24% buyer’s premium) continue to prove popular.
Elsewhere in the sale a small brass travelling microscope, complete with fitted case sold for an impressive £1,400 (plus 24% buyer’s premium) against an estimate of £80-120. Being an early example of the type and of unusual design, the microscope attracted international attention, finally being sold online to a bidder overseas.
The sale resulted in a total Hammer Price of £62,660, with 95% of the 276 lots sold.
We are currently accepting lots for the next sale of Scientific & Musical Instruments, Cameras & Tools on 20th June, please contact us on 01969 623780 or for details.
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