A 1731 Stradivarius violin is to go up for auction at Christie’s in New York this week. The ‘Kreutzer’ model, known as such due to its first-known owner French violinist Rodolphe Kreutzer, is expected to be sold for between $7.5m and $10m.

A spokesperson from Christie’s told The Telegraph: ‘It would be the one violin that Kreutzer held most special to him and would retain it throughout his life. Celebrated as a violin virtuoso, composer, and teacher, Kreutzer left behind a great body of work including 19 violin concertos and 40 operas.’

The violin was discovered at the Manhattan apartment of late copper heiress Huguette Clark, pictured above performing in Paris in 1992, who died in 2011 aged 104. Clark’s 42-room apartment has also turned out a rare collection of jewellery which raised $21m at auction last year. It is thought that the Kreutzer has been left untouched for 25 years.

For more information about the instrument and its sale, visit the Christie’s website.  


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