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Kreutzer Stradivarius violin fails to sell at auction
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KindaScratchy
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June 20, 2014 - 8:11 pm
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From The Strad magazine:

The instrument has been valued at between $7.5m and $10m

The ‘Kreutzer’ Stradivarius, due to be auctioned by Christie’s in a sealed bidding process on 18 June, has failed to find a buyer. The c1731 instrument – named for Rodolphe Kreutzer, the great French violinist for whom Beethoven composed his Violin Sonata no.9 – formed part of the collection of reclusive heiress Huguette Clark, who died in 2011 at the age of 104 after spending her last 20 years in hospital. Valued at $7.5m (£4.46m), the instrument was discovered in a cupboard in one of her vacant homes. Christie’s and her Estate ‘are now exploring next steps together.’

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wow.. I would think collectors would have nabbed it up.  Interesting.  Thanks for the update. 

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Fiddlerman
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June 21, 2014 - 6:13 pm
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My question would be at what price did they begin the auction at?

What is an auction if not the best price someone is willing to pay for an item. IMAO, the current owner, who has set the minimum price, is the winner of the violin.

Obviously a better promotion and method of auction might bring the rightful price to that violin in the future.

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@Fiddlerman off topic but curious.  And you don't have to answer of course..... but if you could have a violin....any violin what would you pick? 

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June 24, 2014 - 9:24 am
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One of my teachers had a Bergonzi which I got to play from time to time and I don't think I ever played on another violin that made playing violin that easy. Of course, I was very young and my memory of that instrument is surely not as accurate as reality.

I played on some Strads, one Guarneri, a Bergonzi, Stainer, Gagliano, Guadagnini, Klotz, Testore and at least 25 other violins (Italian, French and German) in the 100,000 to half million dollar range. My memory is great but very short. LOL

The truth is that some of those expensive fine instruments are not very good. My best answer would be a great violin regardless of the maker. I have played on brand new violins that are incredible.

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