Piano hits the right note with bidders

31st August 2017

An electric piano hit the right note with bidders at an antiques auction in the Cotswolds.

The Yamaha baby grand made £1,500 – the top price of the day – when it went under the hammer at Moore Allen & Innocent in Cirencester on Friday, August 25.

And for anyone doubting the veracity of an electric piano as an antique, the instrument came with a Yamaha Disklavier which reads accompanying music… from a three-and-a-half-inch floppy disk. Now honestly, when did you last see one of those?

Helping proceedings go with a bang, a cased travelling pistol with chequered butt and Damascus barrel, silver metalwork and capping achieved £500, the third-highest lot price of the day.

Inside the lid of the wooden case was a maker's label: Clive & Stowe Gun & Pistol Makers of Birmingham.

The case contained a powder flask, shot, cleaning roads, lead mould, shots, a cap tin with caps, and other accessories, along with a handwritten label reminding the user to load 15 grams of fine powder for a six-yard shot, or 22 grams for 20 yards.

Following close behind were more guns – this time in miniature. A pair of scratch-built replica tall sail warships, featured sails, rigging, anchors, figureheads, and rows of cannons protruding from their hulls.

A bid of £460 – the fourth highest bid in the auction and comfortably above the £200 to £300 estimate – secured the lot.

There was a good showing for antique furniture: a large oak sideboard made £520, an oak refectory-style dining table sold for £420, and an 18th century oak dresser achieved £400.

And among the more unusual lots was a collection of three albums of postcards, mainly of the saucy seaside variety, dating from the early 20th century to the 1970s.

The collection sold for £200.

The next auction at Moore Allen & Innocent is the Sporting Sale on Friday, September 15.