What kind of musical instrument can fetch an eight-figure sum at auction? It helps to be designed by Giuseppe Guarneri, born in 1698 and considered one of the greatest luthiers in the history of music. The experts speak of him in the same breath as Antonio Stradivari, even if his field of expertise was more targeted. Guarneri made violins on his own, and only about 200 have survived to the present day.
At the beginning of June, the French auction house Aguttes will auction one of Guarneri’s violins in an auction focusing on violins and bows. And if you’re looking to buy the violin in question, it won’t come cheap. A CNN article on the auction notes that it is estimated at around $10.6 million.
This violin is not just an object to be exhibited – for some years it has been in the possession of the famous violinist Régis Pasquier. This particular violin was made towards the end of Guarneri’s life, in 1736. It is the first time one of his violins has been sold in the last decade, and the first from this period of his career to be sold in the current century.
“There are a lot of violins, but this one is like selling a Rembrandt, a Goya or even a painting by Leonardo da Vinci,” Sophie Perrine d’Aguttes told CNN. Although it may have one advantage over them: it is, one might say, a work of art that allows the creation of other works of art.
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