SIgned and numbered '20/50', this etched portrait of Benjamin Britten conducting by Milein Cosman, a German-born but British resident artist best known for portraits of artists, musicians and dancers, made $300 (£220) in the Ripley sale.

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Lots from the estate of the distinguished British conductor, harpsichordist and composer/arranger Raymond Leppard (1927-2019) impressed at Ripley Auctions (25% buyer’s premium).

He had served as conductor with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra from 1987-2001.

For someone so closely linked with the music of Monteverdi, it was no surprise that his name should feature among the more successful lots of books, scores, etc.

A rebound Faber edition of the score of his opera Il Rettorno d’Ulise in Patria that bore Leppard’s personal notes sold at $1300 (£955). Other highlights included a 1744 score for Rameau’s baroque opera Dardanus… at $2800 (£2060) and Charles Villiers’ annotated 1913 autograph score for his Irish Rhapsody No 4, The Fisherman of Lough Neagh…, at $2600 (£1910).

Great Britten

A signed and annotated score for Benjamin Britten’s 1967 overture The Building of the House, written for the opening of Snape Maltings concert hall in Suffolk, sold for $1100 (£810) in Indianapolis.