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Stradivarius violin once owned by Kreutzer could fetch $12m: Christie's

Published on May 21, 2014 8:09 PM
 
A Stradivarius violin once owned by French violinist Rodolphe Kreutzer could fetch as much as US$10 million (S$12.5 million) next month, Christie's auction house said on Wednesday, in an auction preview in Hong Kong, on May 21, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

HONG KONG (AFP) - A Stradivarius violin kept in a closet for the past 25 years could fetch as much as US$10 million (S$12.5 million) next month, Christie's auction house said on Wednesday, in an auction preview in Hong Kong.

The instrument was once owned by French musician Rodolphe Kreutzer, one of Europe's leading concert violinists in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and was crafted in 1731 by famed Italian violin maker Antonio Stradivari.

"It's a magnificent instrument, it's a great piece of sculpture," Christie's international specialist head of musical instruments Kerry Keane said.

The instrument was "the one violin that Kreutzer held most special to him and would retain it throughout his life," Christie's added in a statement, describing the violin as "exceptional".

 
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