Brompton's News

Brompton's will be hosting a glittering reception at the British Embassy in Seoul to celebrate the official launch of Brompton's Asia. The British Ambassador will make a speech welcoming our guests, which will include the cream of Seoul musical society. Peter Horner and Rebecca Titcombe will be representing Brompton's

Brompton's is delighted and relieved to announce the acquisition of the medals given to Fernando Simon Sacconi. These important and historical solid gold and silver medals were almost melted down for the value of the precious a metal - luckily the owner decided to contact Brompton's before he went ahead with this option.

Brompton’s, Europe’s leading auctioneers for musical instruments, presents the Heath Quartet in Faraday’s famous theatre at The Royal Institution in a recital showcasing the best of young British talent.

After bringing in their viola for an appraisal, the owners of what they thought was a Mittenwald instrument dating from circa 1800 worth possibly £5000 (which is what they had been previously told) were amazed to hear that it was actually by the great Jacobus Stainer of Absam made circa 1674 - with a value of £60,000 - £100,000

After the discovery of the beautiful Fagnola locked in a case, (sold successfully for £48,000), I have another discovery story, and again, oddly, a fine violin from Turin.

Brompton's is delighted to announce it will be funding an annual bursary for the National Children's Orchestra, and looks forward to helping this fantastic organisation for many years to come. In addition to the Bursary, Brompton's is donating a fine English half size cello to the NCO

One of our favourite quartets, The Fitzwilliam, will be performing at Wigmore Hall on Tuesday 24th July 2012, 7.30pm. Please visit www.wigmore-hall.org.uk to book a ticket for what promises to be a fabulous evening

Read the story behind the instrument. How the Mantegazza Viola came to be consigned to Brompton's June sale

Another thread to weave into the already complicated and colourful texture of the impending June sale, is Brompton’s first trip to Korea. Seemingly I have organised the timing of this exciting event to maximize the amount of work the Brompton’s

As usual, when the deadline approaches to send our catalogue to the printers, time takes on a different quality - it evaporates. Days telescope and seem to pass in a flash, and the enormous mound of work still seems untouched (though the staff at Brompton's would strongly disagree)

Eckhard’s many years of experience, both as a respected expert, and as a restorer of some of the worlds finest instruments, brings an added balance and depth to our strong team.

The owner of this violin by Annibale Fagnola, made in Turin in 1930, last saw his violin in 1958 when he locked the case after playing it for the last time. Moving forward over fifty years to the day he brought a locked case to one of our UK appraisal days, the owner explained that he had lost the key to his rather battered but heavy old wooden case

Brompton's Auctioneers - Europe’s leading auction house for the sale of musical instruments - held the most successful of the Musical Instrument Sales in London last week, beating rivals Sotheby's, Bonhams by £500,000 and £800,000 respectively. Brompton’s sales totalled 350 lots

View extracts from Brompton's feature in Classical Music Magazine...