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The flute is the oldest-known woodwind instrument. The earliest flutes date back about 43,000 years ago in Germany, and flutes found in China have been dated to 7000 B.C. Flutes appear in Greco-Roman artwork from about 200 B.C. Throughout history, many instruments have been referred to as flutes, with the common element of a round tube with finger holes and an embouchure hole on an instrument held horizontally while playing.

The modern-day flute was invented by Theobald Boehm, a watchmaker from Munich, Germany in 1832. Boehm continued to perfect his flute, and by 1847, had developed it into the instrument now used today. The Boehm fingering system is still used by musicians today.

Vintage flute collectors often specialize in collecting certain types of flutes. Some collectors may... Read more

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A boxwood and ivory mounted flute by Gerock and Wolfe

March 22, 2018, 10:00 AM GMT
West Norwood, United Kingdom

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Silver plate Noblet flute in original case, made in Paris, France

March 24, 2018, 11:00 AM AEDT
Sydney, Australia

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Gent, Belgium

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