Stradivari’s violoncello will be sold by auction

Amaryllis Fleming playing Stradivari’s violoncello

One of the 60 unique violoncellos of work by Antonio Stradivari will be put up on the auction sales in Tarisio which will take place this autumn in New York. The instrument made by the great master in 1717 will make a new world record. The lot is estimated at $1 750 000-2 300 000. Notably, the previous record was made in 1988 when one of the Stradivari’s violoncellos was sold for $1 288 000 at Sotheby’s.

For the last years the instrument belonged to the famous British violoncellist Amaryllis Fleming who died in 1999. Now the violoncello will be sold by her family in favour of the British Royal academy of music.

For the last few years the prices for the instruments by the celebrated Italian master continue to grow enormously. According to the General Director of Tarisio house Jason Price the Stradivari’s violoncello Dupont belonging to Mstislav Rostropovich was sold to the Japanese Nippon Music Foundation organization for $20 000 000. This sum did not become a world record as it was a result of the private transaction, however it testifies that the estimate of the Amaryllis Fleming instrument made on the same scheme as Dupont can be essentially exceeded. The online sales of the Tarisio auction house proved to be the real leader in the string of the musical instruments will be held in the period from October, 1 till October, 31.

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