‘ STRAD’ SUR­PRISE

Cheshire Life - - Homes & Interiors -

With gen­uine vi­o­lins by An­to­nio Stradi­vari (1644-1737) be­ing out of the fi­nan­cial reach of all but the most fa­mous mu­si­cians these days and even a ‘Stradi­var­ius’ – that is those by other mem­bers of the Ital­ian fam­ily of stringed in­stru­ment mak­ers – chang­ing hands for a small for­tune, late 19th and early 20th cen­tury copies can pro­duce sur­prises. Capes Dunn of­fered this in­stru­ment, la­belled ‘Copy of An­to­nio Stradi­var­ius’, with an es­ti­mate of £40-60, but some deft con­duct­ing from the Stock­port auc­tion­eers saw a tele­phone bid­der take it for £3,100. From the same ven­dor, a vi­ola made lo­cally by J. L. Long­son, Stock­port, es­ti­mate £150-200, sold to an in­ter­net bid­der for £750.

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