Christie’s all set to auction Stradivarius


NEW YORK, dpa

The auction house Christie’s plans to auction next week a 1729 Stradivari violin with an estimated worth of up to US$1.5 million, Christie’s said Tuesday.

The instrument, known as the “Solomon, Ex-Lambert,” from the names of its previous owners, the violin is not the most expensive ever auctioned. Christie’s sold a Stradivarius known as “The Hammer” last year for more than 3.5 million dollars.

The instrument to be auctioned next week was previously owned by collector Seymour Solomon, co-founder of Vanguard Records, who bought it in an auction in 1972 from Murray Lambert, a British concert violinist in the 1920s. Christie’s said the “Solomon, Ex-Lambert” was made in Cremona, Italy, by Antonio Stradivari, the famed 17th century violin maker.

The violin still retains power, sonority and tonal balance as well as its construction in bold outline, superb arching and quality materials.