Leonardo da Vinci’s Violin is up for auction in France 2022-04-28 22:30:15


written by ReutersParis France

A nearly three-century-old machine has been praised as a Leonardo Da Vinci The French house that oversees the sale said the violins could fetch up to 10 million euros ($10.6 million) when they are auctioned next month.

Created in 1736 by the venerable Italian Giuseppe Guarneri, it is owned by the talented Regis Pasquier and his sound has spread to concert halls around the world.

“There are many violins, but this one is like selling a Rembrandt or Goya or even a Leonardo da Vinci,” said Sophie Perrin of Agotis auctions near Paris.

The violin is on display during a media preview at Agotis Auctions.

The violin is on display during a media preview at Agotis Auctions. credit: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

The maple-backed machine is one of about 150 made by Guarneri, the quality and longevity produced by it rival Antonio Stradivari, but it was much less prolific than his compatriot and his contemporaries.

Made at the height of Guarneri’s career, Perrin said it was bought by Pasquier over 20 years ago, with whom he gave a concert the next day without rehearsing. “For him, this machine was perfect.”

He has since played it at prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall in New York and Opéra Garnier in Paris.

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The violin will be auctioned on June 3 after a three-day viewing. Its base price is estimated at 4 to 4.5 million euros, but Perrin said it could sell for up to ten million.

“It is something very old but nonetheless very modern and inspiring,” she said. “And this little thing will continue to allow people to hear its extraordinary voice for years to come

Top image caption: A rare 1736 violin is displayed during a media preview at Aguttes Auctions prior to the violin auction in Neuilly-sur-Seine, near Paris, France, April 26, 2022.