Lot # 1 - Very, Very Rare Violano Virtuoso by Mills Novelty Company - includes 40 reels
Lot Number: 1 Ask Seller Question
Item Location: Morro Bay, CA
Preview Date/Time: Tuesday Oct. 26, 2021 4-5pm Call Doug for appointment (805)821-1154
Pickup Date/Time: Three days, Oct 29, 30, 31st 10-3pm
Start Date/Time: 10/19/21 9:00 PM
End Date/Time: 10/27/21 6:30:30 PM
Opening Bid: $14,000.00
Bid History: 0
Current Bid: $14,000.00
Minimum Bid: $14,000.00

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This is a single-violin model, with piano accompaniment, coin-operated, in a polished oak case.

The Violano-Virtuoso was invented by Henry Konrad Sandell, a contemporary of Thomas Edison, who arrived in Chicago via Sweden in 1888 at the age of twelve. In March 1905 Mr. Sandell applied for his patent for an electric self-playing violin. It was granted in December of 1905 and assigned to the Mills Novelty Company. The first instrument produced, the Automatic Virtuosa, only contained the violin. During that time, coin-operated player pianos were very popular so it didn’t take long for the Mills Novelty Company to realize that the violin by itself was not going to be marketable enough.  Most of the Automatic Virtuosa violins were sent back to the factory to be retrofitted with a piano.

This one was restored and receipts are with it. It plays but needs a slight tuning. Call Doug to preview with any day, (805) 821-1154

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