A Stradivarius violin once owned by French violinist Rodolphe Kreutzer is displayed by Christie’s auction house in Hong Kong on May 21, 2014. – AFP
Stradivarius owned by leading French musician unveiled in Hong Kong auction.
A Stradivarius violin kept in a closet for the past 25 years could fetch as much as US$10mil (RM32mil) next month, Christie’s auction house said on May 21, 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”.
It has belonged to the family of wealthy 19th-century American entrepreneur and politician William Andrews Clark for almost 100 years.
“For the past 25 years, it’s lived in a closet,” Keane said.
The violin was unveiled at Hong Kong’s convention centre as part of Christie’s spring sales preview and will go under the hammer in June in New York as part of an auction entitled “An American Dynasty: The Clark Family Treasures”.