Larry Adler Harmonica For Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia Auction

. December 3, 2009

Bonhams is pleased to announce the inclusion of Larry Adler’s silver Hohner concerto harmonica in its 16th December Entertainment Memorabilia auction in London.

This is the instrument the virtuoso owned from the 1980s until his death in 2001. It travelled the globe with Adler, and was played by him on the 1994 album, ‘The Glory Of Gershwin’. He also used it in his last performances at the Royal Albert Hall, London, New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House.

The harmonica is accompanied by a letter from Anthony Dannecker who, together with his father, serviced and repaired Adler’s instruments for many years. It is estimated to sell for £5,000- £7,000.

Stephanie Connell, a specialist in Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia Department, says: “Larry Adler probably did more to popularize the music of the harmonica than any modern musician. The sale of this lot gives collectors and musicians a rare opportunity to purchase a piece of music history, and an instrument played by the ultimate harmonica virtuoso.”

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