Scotland's largest piano collection sold for £373k

THE largest collection of pianos in Scotland has been sold at auction for more than £373,000.

James Cameron of the Edinburgh Piano Company. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Staff at the Edinburgh Piano Company supplied instruments for iconic musicians – including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Luciano Pavarotti and Van Morrison – over more than 30 years.

The auction marked a high point for the business, as the company’s owner, James Cameron, retired following the sale.

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Some 116 pianos were auctioned, ranging from £104 for a starter upright to £48,880 for a Bösendorfer grand piano from Vienna.

Bidders – among them Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos – packed Mr Cameron’s showroom in Joppa.

Pianos, including a Steinway grand dating from around 1900, were snapped up by buyers based in countries such as China and America, as well as young pianists around Scotland.

The sale generated a grand total of £373,250.

Mr Cameron, 73, said: “I’m absolutely delighted with the sale.

“There were more people in the sale room than I have ever had in the history of the business.

“I’m sad that it is our final day of trading but I’m pleased that we’ve gone out on a high note.”