The instrument once belonged to the older brother of famous Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi
A violin attributed to Antonio Stradivari, which once belonged to Alfonso Marconi – older brother of famous inventor Guglielmo Marconi – is to go on sale on 28 October. Offered by Ingles & Hayday, the instrument will be sold at Sotheby’s in London with an estimate of £140,000-180,000.
Born in 1865, Alfonso supported Guglielmo, credited as the inventor of radio, in his early experiments at their home in Pontecchio, Italy. Alfonso was a gifted violinist who often performed with his younger brother at the piano. He owned the instrument from 1931 until his death in 1936.
The violin is also reported to have once belonged to the Fifth Duke of Marlborough, George Spencer Churchill, a prolific collector of antiques and books, and ancestor of British prime minister Winston Churchill.