Did music fan the flames of a forbidden royal love?

Jonathan Humbert of JP Humbert Actioneers near Towcester with a gramophone once owned by Wallace Simpson.'111012M-B248
Jonathan Humbert of JP Humbert Actioneers near Towcester with a gramophone once owned by Wallace Simpson.'111012M-B248
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A GRAMOPHONE rumoured to have once been used by Wallis Simpson will be among the items available in a three-day sale at JP Humbert Auctioneers in Towcester next week.

Running from Tuesday, October 18, to Thursday, October 20, the 1,500-lot sale of paintings, antiques and collectibles will include scores of important early gramophones.

Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert said the items had come from a private individual’s lifetime collection.

One of the first Bakelite televisions ever produced will also be on sale.

The exiled Duke and Duchess of Windsor were society celebrities for decades after Edward VIII’s abdication.

International interest in the controversial couple has remained strong, boosted by the popularity of period films such as The King’s Speech.

Items of Wallis Simpson’s jewellery fetched a record £31million when they were auctioned in a Sotheby’s marquee on the shores of Lake Geneva in 1987.

Original works of art including oils and watercolours will be sold on Tuesday, October 18, and antiques and collectibles will be sold on Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20.

Contact staff at JP Humbert Auctioneers on 01327 359595 for more information.