Sidney Bechet's Saxophone Sells for $140,000

Classic Arts News   Sidney Bechet's Saxophone Sells for $140,000
A soprano saxophone and other objects belonging to jazz great Sidney Bechet sold at auction this week in Paris, the Associated Press reports.

The saxophone sold for $140,000; a letter from Bechet to his wife and a pair of cufflinks each sold for about $3,000.

The auction, at the Hotel Drouot auction house, will benefit a new foundation organized by Bechet's son, drummer Daniel Bechet.

Born in New Orleans, Bechet was an influential composer and performer, playing both clarinet and soprano saxophone. A powerful soloist, he helped bridge the polyphonic jazz of New Orleans and the swing era, and established a template for such saxophonists as Johnny Hodges. In the 1950s, he settled in France, where he enjoyed his greatest success. He died in Paris in 1959.

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