Major collection of antique musical instruments up for auction

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One of the largest and most diverse collections of antique musical instruments is to be offered at auction next month.

The collection has been amassed over 40 years by English collector and dealer, Tony Bingham, and is unsurpassed in its variety, breadth and quality, with instruments from around the globe.

This extraordinary collection will be a highlight of Olympia Auctions' Asian Works of Art sale on 11 May.

Commenting on the collection, Olympia Auctions specialist Arthur Millner said, "We are delighted to be selling a unique collection of musical instruments from around the world, as part of our sale of Asian Works of Art.

"This extraordinary assemblage is the result of an enthusiasm sustained over more than 40 years of travel by a London collector and dealer Tony Bingham.

"Almost every type of noise-producing device is represented, from various types of drum from places as diverse as China, New Guinea and Africa, to Central Asian Jews' Harps and Rajasthani rattles. Tibetan trumpets, a harp from Mexico, a bamboo stringed instrument called a Valiha from Madagascar and a Bulgarian duct flute are amongst over 100 rare and unusual items."

Bingham has been one of the leading figures in the world of antique musical instruments for over fifty years. His passion for the field began in the 1960s, when he began buying and selling from his London home.

Such was the success that he started a shop on London's King's Road, then took premises on Soho's Poland Street and finally a gallery on Pond Street, Hampstead, which was his base for almost four decades.

Bingham has dealt in instruments from all over the world and has sold to the world's leading museums and institutions in the United States, Europe and Japan. Now retired, he will be offering his unparalleled collection for sale, much to the delight of collectors far and wide.

Among the highlights is a Sudanese kettledrum known as a Nihass, dating from A.H. 1203/1788 A.D (lot 344). It was acquired in Sudan in 1899 by Lord Edward Cecil (1867-1918), son of the British Prime Minister, Lord Salisbury, and is thought to have been brought to England following the Battle of Omdurman (1898).

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