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Hellier’s bells! Unique 1679 Stradivari violin could fetch up to ...

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Hellier’s bells! Unique 1679 Stradivari violin could fetch up to R170m

The ‘finest inlaid violin ever made by Stradivari’ will go under the hammer as part of Christie’s Exceptional Sale

Lucy Towers

A rare 1679 violin made by renowned Italian craftsman Antonio Stradivari is headed for auction, where it could fetch up to $11m (about R170m).

The “Hellier” Stradivarius “is the finest inlaid violin ever made by ... Stradivari and one of the finest Stradivarius instruments in existence”, said auction house Christie’s, which is offering the instrument as the top lot in its July 7 The Exceptional Sale.

Engraved with ivory diamonds and finished with a golden varnish, the violin has a price estimate of $7.5m to $11.3m (about R115m to R173m)...

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