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Microphones and Microscopes

1st October 2020.

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.

A good violin bow by Gand and Bernardel Fres helped propel bidding on a lot comprising violin and two bows well above estimate to sell for £2,600, and two Gibson guitars sold strongly too. A Gibson Les Paul Custom Guitar sold for £2,400, and a 2017 Gibson Les Paul Traditional Electric Guitar sold for £1,150.

The Scientific section of the sale saw a good, early travelling microscope by Dollond of London sell for £3,400, over ten times the bottom estimate. The microscope was unusually complete and still in working condition. Despite its rather damaged condition, a white glazed Leech Jar drew interest, selling for £850 against an estimate of £60-80.

The sale resulted in a total hammer price of £60,840 with a 96% sold rate for the 224 lots.


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