A c.1585 viola by Brescian maker Gasparo da Salò sold at Christie's on Wednesday for $542,500, which the auction house claims is a new world record for the maker. The sale in New York made a total of $2,522,625, with 91 per cent of lots sold. Other highlights included a G.B. Guadagnini violin from c.1753, which made $542,500, and a c.1701 Testore violin that fetched $218,500 on an estimate of $60,000-$80,000. The sale attracted buyers from the US, Europe and Asia, with private buyers taking six of the top ten lots.
(All sale prices stated include buyer's premium)