Tennants Auctioneers once again proved the popularity of their specialist collectors’ auctions with the Scientific and Musical Instruments, Cameras and Tools Sale on 30th September, which saw outstanding results and strong bidding across the board and a 96% sold rate.
Collectors from around the world were drawn by an interesting selection of niche lots from microphones to microscopes. The top lot of the sale, however, was a rare Victorian Jefferies Concertina that sold for £4,000 (plus buyer’s premium) against an estimate of £600-800. This was one of the earliest concertina’s seen at Tennants, and Charles Jefferies is regarded as one of the finest makers.
Two Condenser Microphones made in the mid-1970s by Neumann, one of the best makers, were also much in demand. The recording-quality studio microphones comprised a U47, which sold for £1,900 and a U87, which sold for £1,700.