The c.1725 'Folinari' violin, one of the earliest known
instruments made by Guarneri 'del Gesù', has sold for £1.52m at
auction. The violin was the star lot in yesterday's Tarisio sale in
London, and according to Tarisio director Jason Price, was only the
second 'del Gesù' to have appeared at auction in the last ten
The violin's sale price, which includes the buyer's premium, took Tarisio's total takings for the auction to over £2m. The next highest-earning lot was a 1940 Evasio Emilio Guerra violin, which made £39,000 on an estimate of £25,000–£40,000.