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Monday, 12 November, 2001, 17:04 GMT
Jazz king's saxophones auctioned
Ronnie Scott
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Two saxophones that belonged to jazz musician and impresario Ronnie Scott OBE have been auctioned in London.

A tenor saxophone went for 4,025 and a soprano for 1,725 - both came with letters confirming their past ownership.

A spokeswoman for Bonhams, who conducted the sale, said there was considerable interest in the saxophones.

Ronnie Scott's saxophones
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"It was a packed sale and there was very strong bidding," she said.

Both instruments, which sold to separate private buyers, made more than their estimates.

The Mark VI tenor saxophone by Henri Selmer of Paris had a reserve price of 2,000-2,500 while the soprano saxophone by Yamaha had a reserve of 1,000-1,500.

Scott was known to have been very attached to these instruments and even joked about them.

"I've thought about making them nice and shiny but I thought they might make me look old," he once said.

Scott was a famed musician who created the Soho jazz club in his name with Pete King in 1959.

His own inventive style on the saxophone was influenced by US players Stan Getz and Sonny Rollins.

Ronnie Scott's has since become a haven for jazz lovers and a centre for aspiring new musicians.

Scott, who died in 1996, often performed at the club, as did a list of jazz celebrities including Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and Jimi Hendrix.

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