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In this excerpt from his new book Big Notes: How A Stradivarius Makes Money and Music, author and conductor John Axelrod considers why old Italian instruments can command such high prices
The online auctioneer’s full catalogue for the London-based auction will be released on 4 October
The 1719 ‘Macdonald’ Stradivarius viola is to go on the market. One of only ten surviving violas made by the master luthier, the instrument will be offered for sale in a sealed bid process by auctioneers Sotheby’s and Ingles Hayday. Made during Stradivarius’s ...