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An ‘Integrity of Provenance Statement’ inserted in the catalogue advised that the bulk of the pictures and general lots may not have been owned by the British composer, but did come from his former home.

Of those 111 lots, 62 did sell, but while that notice did not apply to the 93 music lots, only 13 of them found buyers.

One success was the autograph full score for The Sound Barrier, A Rhapsody for Orchestra (Op.38), based on the music he had produced three decades earlier for the 1952 David Lean film of that name, which made £2500.

Top lot was Arnold’s morocco bound autograph full score for his Symphony No 1 (Op.22) of 1949. It sold for £3500.