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A huge collection of sheet music – some 9500 pieces – comes under the hammer at the Wolverhampton auction rooms of Cuttlestones on December 6.

The private collection, focused on popular music from the 1900s to the early 2000s, was amassed by the late Brian Charlesworth of Sedgley after he took up playing the organ at the age of 49.

Most of the music will be lotted by decade, genre or artist – notably the cover artwork from 1930s, wartime songs, early black music, Eurovision songs and 1960s groups.

Sheet music for As Tears Go By, one of the first original compositions by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, will be sold together with three other pieces by The Rolling Stones and seven works by The Kinks with an estimate of £40-60.


This painted wood model above copies a Mark VI 130 Nelson tank that was displayed in Trafalgar Square as part of the Tank Banks fundraising campaign during the First World War.

This folk art piece, with string hand pulley for moving the two guns, was probably made in late 1917 or early 1918 when six Mark IV tanks toured British towns and cities to promote the sale of government war bonds and war savings certificates.

It carries an estimate of £300-500 as part of Sworders’ London-themed sale held in Stansted Mountfitchet on December 11 (viewing is at the firm’s Cecil Court address in central London).


The Tate Ward sale of Jewellery, Watches & Handbags at The Old Truman Brewery, London E1, on the evening of December 10 includes a pair of early 20th century earrings set with opal clusters, estimate £200-300.


The sale at the Swan Fine Art in Tetsworth in Oxfordshire on December 5 includes this George III heart-shaped silver vinaigrette hallmarked for William Rudkins, London, 1800 (two views shown above).

Estimate £150-250.