Wiltshire

Conductor Christopher Hogwood's instruments fetch £430,000

Christopher Hogwood Image copyright marco borggreve
Image caption Christopher Hogwood founded the Academy of Ancient Music in 1973

A collection of keyboard instruments owned by the late British conductor Christopher Hogwood has fetched more than £430,000 at auction in Wiltshire.

The sale, which was described as "fantastic" by auctioneers at Corsham's Gardiner Houlgate, included keyboards dating from the 17th Century.

Mr Hogwood, the founder of the Academy of Ancient Music, died in September.

He was considered one of the most influential exponents of the early-music movement.

Mr Hogwood studied keyboard at Cambridge University and his first positions were as a keyboard player and musicologist with the Academy of Saint Martin-in-the-Fields.

His "unique collection" of 26 instruments, assembled over many years, included grand pianos, organs, clavichords and spinets.

Image copyright Corsham's Gardiner Houlgate
Image caption A clavichord made by famous keyboard maker, Johann Adolph Hass, sold for more than twice its higher estimate

"Many people who made the pilgrimage to his memorial service in London yesterday, also came along to the sale today," said auctioneer Jamie South.

"The undoubted star of the show was a clavichord by Johann Adolph Hass of Hamburg, signed and dated 1761 which sold for £82,000, just over twice the higher estimate."

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