When it comes to stringed instruments, older is often better: think Stradivarius. Or–on another scale–Jacob Stainer, a 17th century Austrian artisan who produced the 1659 violin known as “The King.” It’s expected to sell for as much as $240,000 at Sotheby’s auction of Musical Instruments early next month in London.
Also of exceptional interest at the March 11th sale are the 1585 double bass by Gasparo De Salo (est. $240-$320,000), a 1695 violin attributed to Vincenzo Rugeri (est.$112-$160,000), and a 1746 cello by Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi (est. $80-$112,000). Vintage violins by Paolo Antonio Testore and Hendrik Jacobs will also be offered along with a selection of modern cellos, violins, and bows.
Read more at Sotheby’s.