Thursday 21 September 2017

Violin hits the high notes with €60,000 price tag

Mark Hilliard

FINDING out that old violin could be worth as much as €60,000 would be music to anybody's ears.

And so, when one mystery Irish musician was told exactly that, it set the tempo for a very special National Concert Hall production yesterday, as dozens of people showed up to claim their €5 Sotheby's Auction House charity appraisal.

Tim Ingles, the London-based Sotheby's director and musical instrument expert, set the highest value at between €40,000 and €60,000, although its owner preferred to remain anonymous.

Those queuing up for appraisals ranged from professional musicians to those with dusty violin cases, hoping for a surprise.

About 100 instruments were valued by Mr Ingles and all of the proceeds will go to the Health and Harmony Project, a National Concert Hall initiative to bring music to the elderly in care.

Irish Independent

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