AN ANTIQUE music box sold for £40,000 at an auction in Leamington – even though it didn’t work.
Brian Chesters, a mechanical music collector whose friend bought it, said the 19th century Swiss music box was extremely rare, and while not currently working, was in fine condition with a complete set of 180 teeth.
The box, auctioned by Locke & England was according to Brian, was only estimated at £500.
Mr Chesters told The Observer: “I was not surprised at all by the price paid.
“With antique musical boxes, the price is governed by only two things – condition and above all quality of workmanship. A poor quality item of anything will always be poor quality and no amount of restoration will change that.
“Any antique musical box is uncommon today let alone one in such good condition.”
The new owner plans to dismantle and repair the box to hear the four different tune sit plays.
Music boxes were popular throughout the 19th century at a time before gramophones and the radio.
* HANSONS Auctioneers hold their latest free valuation day in Kenilworth next week.
It takes place at St Francis of Assisi Church on Warwick Road on Thursday April 13 from 10am to 4pm.