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Stainer Violin Tops London Spring Auction Highlights

A gorgeous fiddle from an influential builder breaks a record while a few sleepers awake


1659 Stainer, left; ca. 1700 Grancino; and an anonymous 19th century violin

The London spring sales of fine instruments and bows, which took place March 7–10, posted strong results with all four major houses setting new auction price records. Sotheby’s sold the top lot this season, with an exceptional 1659 violin by Jacob Stainer. Referred to as the “King of All the Stainers,” the lion-headed fiddle sold for £205,250, a new auction record for an instrument by that maker. (All ...

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*This article appeared in Strings June 2011
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