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Unheard Elgar music goes for a song after being sold at auction in Lichfield

A previously unheard piece of music by Sir Edward Elgar has sold for £5,400 at auction in Lichfield.

Auctioneer Richard Winterton selling the Elgar score
Auctioneer Richard Winterton selling the Elgar score

Notated on musical manuscript and then signed by the composer, the piece dates back to 1924 and is believed to be scored for a string quartet.

The music was discovered tucked inside an autograph book belonging to a former matron at Barnado’s, Lydia Tabb, who died in 1983.

Auctioneer Richard Winterton said the musical score and the autograph had proved to be popular lots.

“With more than 1,000 watching it online and 35 registered bidders on this lot at any one time, plus bidders on the telephones and a packed room, it just showed what an incredible find this was,” he said. “And the vendors were in the room, which put extra pressure on.

“We are absolutely delighted with these results – a very well-deserved total hammer price of £9,000.”

The autograph book featuring the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Winston Churchill fetched £3,600.

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