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English violin case sells for record-breaking price at US auction house

May 26, 2016

A violin case from the 19th century has sold for a record $17,220 at an auction in Boston, MA, US. Made in c.1887 by W.E. Hill & Sons in London, the case was listed with an estimate of $6,000–$8,000.

The case is one of twelve known as the ‘Apostles’. Commissioned in 1887 and produced specifically to house violins made by Antonio Stradivari, each one is decorated with music-themed marquetry of exotic woods, as well as fine paper lining and brass hardware. However, their construction was so time-consuming that their production was discontinued after a dozen had been created. Another example can be seen here.

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1 Comment on English violin case sells for record-breaking price at US auction house

  1. Dimitri Musafia // June 1, 2016 at 5:54 pm // Reply

    That’s not entirely correct. Jascha Heifetz’s double violin case (also by Hill) sold for $24,000 in 2012 at the New York Tarisio auction.

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