Any whoever visited the late Christoper Hogwood would be invited, sooner rather than later, to play one of the keyboards that occupied every corner of his house. I guessed there must have been three dozen. Yesterday, what’s left of the collection – 26 instruments – went up for sale.
The total haul went for £430,000 ($640,000). The star item was a Johann Adolph Hass clavichord from Hamburg, dated 1761, which went for £82,000 ($121,000).
Chris died last September, aged 73.