An all-embracing auction

The upcoming Clocks, Scientific and Musical Instruments Auction may be the most eclectic auction of its type yet.  Featuring an array of musical instruments, including a collection of bagpipes and a curious saxophone, a quantity of interesting and historic scientific instruments and a multitude of clocks, this exciting auction is one of a kind in Scotland. 


One of the most highly anticipated lots, a rare Grafton plastic alto saxophone, can be found at lot 1435.  With a cream coloured injection moulded acrylic plastic body, the saxophone stands out as a unique work of art as well as being a functional musical instrument.  Not only this, the model of saxophone was notably played by the great American jazz saxophonist and composer Charlie Parker, a leading figure who expanded the creative possibilities of the jazz genre. Lot 1435 was consigned by a private vendor and is estimated at £700-1000. 


In addition, this auction features two Jaeger LeCoultre Atmos clocks found at 1408 and 1441.  McTear’s Trainee Valuer Hannah Hughes said: “McTear’s has achieved a lot of success with these models recently and are delighted to offer two examples in the upcoming auction. 



We also have a wonderful Jaeger leCoultre Art Deco alarm clock at lot 1405. Estimated at £80-120, the portable clock will perhaps be desirable for those with a more modest budget.”


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Hannah Hughes


This auction features timepieces of all types – from the grandest grandfather clock to the most elegant enamel clock – and instruments including sextants, military and medical pieces, as well as musical instruments and cameras.

Dedicated auctions of clocks & instruments are held every twelve weeks.



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