Over 100 rare vintage pianos to up for auction in June

An impressive collection of rare vintage pianos by Charles Colt will be going up for auction on June 7th.

The collection will be sold at the Canterbury Auction Galleries and features more than 100 pianos, including 46 grand pianos dating back to the 1700s. Many are expected to fetch tens of thousands of pounds.

The Colt Clavier Collection was started in 1944 by Charles Colt. He began his collection with the purchase of an 1827 Broadwood square piano, which cost £6.

Colt stored these instruments at the village hall in Bethersden, which was built by the Colt family. Eventually the collection grew to size that storage necessitated using several Colt buildings within the village.

Colt acquired pianos that held visual appeal, as well as historical significance. The collection contains the largest single accumulation of Broadwood pianos. The oldest piano dates to 1775, with the most recent instrument dating to the late 19th-century.

Tony Pratt, managing director of Canterbury Auction Galleries, told Kent Online: “We are honoured that the Colt Clavier Collection has chosen us to conduct this unique sale.

“Charles Colt died in 1985 and the collection continued under the management of his widow and the trustees. Sadly, Mrs Lore Barbara Colt passed away in 2016, leaving the trustees to make the hard decision to sell.

“A number of the instruments belonging to Mrs Colt were sold previously by Piano Auctions, leaving 114 keyboard instruments and other musical instruments and memorabilia that Mr Colt had acquired during his life.

“It is hoped that these will be once more enjoyed and played again.”

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