Skinner's sale of fine musical instruments promises a fine selection of lots for collectors

October 10, 2010 will see the next sale of fine musical instruments at Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers in Boston, Massachusetts. And it's one you won't want to miss.

Skinner, have been hosting sales of rare musical instruments since 1987. Today, they continue to achieve world record prices for the auction of guitars, mandolins and violins to name but a few.

the 1734 Guarneri Violin
They are currently taking consignments for the October sale with a final deadline for applications set at Monday the 16th of August.

And following the last sale of fine musical instruments at Skinner we would encourage owners looking to sell to act quickly. The April 25 2010 auction offered up some impressive results.

Amongst the items on offer was a unique Pochette "Dancing Master Fiddle" from Florence. Measuring 260mm in length and dating back to the year 1800, the piece sold for £2,500 ($4,000) off an estimate of just £200 ($300).

Elsewhere, an American Gibson Guitar Model ES 175 from 1959 that had a pre auction estimated price of £4,000 ($6,000) sold for £7,500 ($11,850).

Yet the most impressive lot of the April sale was undoubtedly the Pietro Guarneri Italian Violin.

A 1734 edition bearing the original label of "Petrus Guarnerius Filius Joseph" was a highlight of the event. With an estimated price of £20,000 ($30,000), the rare violin sold for £88,200 ($140,000).

We had previously reported on a 1741 Guarneri violin which had been described by experts as "the most expensive musical instrument ever made." Guarneri was considered the finest violin maker of the Amati line, with his work regarded as the pinnacle of crafted violins.

The 1741 instrument, dubbed the "Mona Lisa of Violins" was the last to be built by the master before his death in October 1744. Having been played in concert halls all over the world, the 269 year old violin now carries an asking price of £12m ($18m) to any fine instrument collectors.

With pieces of this calibre selling at Skinner's auction the event promises to be well attended by those looking for the finest rare instruments currently available on the collectibles market.

And there are just ten days until consignment for this special sale close, so don't delay.


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