A Broadwood Grand Piano, No.14401 circa 1883

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Lot 16W
A Broadwood Grand Piano, No.14401
circa 1883

Sold for £ 480 (US$ 637) inc. premium
The Private World Of Spike Milligan
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A Broadwood Grand Piano, No.14401
circa 1883
An 8ft 3in grand piano in a rosewood case on fluted tapering legs together with mahogany circular piano stool.

Footnotes

  • Spike Milligan was commissioned by Antique Magazine to write an article on collecting. The following extracts, are taken from a draft of the article, a copy of which will be sold with the piano:

    "That's nice I thought, the editor of "Antique" 'phones my Manager and says "Can Spike Milligan write an article for 'Antiques'?. She says "Is that autobiographical? I mean he's 70" "No no" says Editor "Not necessarily, he can write anything he likes provided it's on antiques". "How many words?" said my Manager?" "Could he manage 800?". "Oh no" said Manager "He only knows 356, if you want 800 he'll have to use some of the same words twice."

    and later in the same article

    ".....at the rear of Dickens demolished house was a large block of Victorian flats now being raised with the giant iron ball crashing into its walls, and there exposed on the fifth floor was a full size grand piano, quickly I bribed the site foreman with five pounds if he could get it down, the money did the trick and the piano was lowered to the floor in a net, another ten pounds to have it transported to me home and voila i had a grand piano, it was straight-ened Broadwood with casework of saw cut rosewood on mahogany ground work. i 'phoned Broadwoods with the serial number 21813, yes they had a record of it, made and sold in 1883 for £140, for a complete iverhaul and restoration I took it to Robert Morleys of Lewisham, it costs £400, but when I asked them its current value they said £3,000, so who's a clever boy?"

    According to Shelagh Milligan the piano was played by Paul McCartney, Blossom Dearie, Lynsey de Paul and Gerrard Kenny and of course, Spike, who was accompanied by Ronnie Scott, Scott Hamilton and Warren Vaché.
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