Auction Team Breker’s Mechanical Music Sale – Catalogue and Highlights

Auction Team Breker’s

Spring sale of Mechanical Music, Science, Technology and Antique Toys

takes place on 18th May in Cologne, Germany.

On offer are over 200 lots of mechanical music, including gramophones, pneumatic instruments, cylinder and disc musical boxes, singing birds and automata.

Highlights include an Automaton Book-Playing Organ by Franz Oerhlein (Lot 457), a fine Silver-Gilt and Enamel Singing bird box by Charles Bruguier (Lot 475), a Polyphon Style 2 Automatic Disc-Changer (Lot 490) and a superb Nicole Frères Grand Format Variations Musical Box playing a single air by Mendelssohn (Lot 513).


The preview takes place on Friday 17 May from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. and from 8:00 – 10:00 am on sale day. Additional appointments can be arranged with the auctioneer.

Auction Team Breker offers traditional bidding in the room as well as commission and telephone bids and live bidding across a range of platforms.

The online catalogue is now available at: On Line Catalogue


Videos of many of the instruments can be viewed on Youtube:


Uwe and Astrid Breker are pleased to help with all enquiries about the sale by tel. + 49 02236-38 43 40 and e-mail:


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