This illustration of the Barjansky Stradivarius cello was published in The Strad, August 1983. The following text is extracted from the article accompanying the photographs:

Sotheby's auction on 23 June was another of their marathon events, divided into two sessions, and there were some sensational prices among the important instruments that made up the Part 1 catalogue, which struck an immediate record in sales history by illustrating every one of its 99 lots.

The 'Barjansky' Strad cello, a major work of 1684 when he was a mere forty years old, realised £192,500, a record for any instrument of the violin family sold by auction, once more confirming that 1983 prices for top class instruments have taken an upward  move.

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