Accordion legend Sir Jimmy, who died in 2000, aged 92, accumulated the antique books, including hundreds of traditional "auld Scots sangs", over more than 60 years.
He acquired them in book shops in between performances and pored over them to find gems he could adapt for the accordion and incorporate in to his own act. Some 23 historic volumes containing more than 400 tunes dating back to the 18th century, went under the hammer at Bonhams' Scottish Sale in Edinburgh, where they were bought by a Scottish collector for £1625.
His son, also Jimmy, 76, an accomplished accordionist who played alongside his father many times, said he hoped the new owner would "rediscover" the music, as his late father had. He said: "My father collected these books over many years. Throughout his career he would hear about a book and go off in the car to find it, or if he was playing somewhere and had an afternoon off he'd walk round the shops looking for one.
"He enjoyed collecting them. Some of the melodies he would adapt for the accordion and his own use. I've kept them in a big cupboard, but they should be with someone who will enjoy them."
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