An 18th century violin sold for a remarkable $28,800 at Bonhams' The Music Room auction, last week (December 15).
The branded instrument originates from Italy's renowned and legendary Italian School, where it resided circa 1920.
Measuring 357mm along the back, within the violin's red-orange-brown exterior is an internal brand marking which reads "GR Joseph Rocca fecit Taurini anno Domini 1864 IHS".
Further adding to the historic string instrument's provenance is a Certificat D'Authenticite signed by one of the world's greatest violin restorers, Etienne Vatelot, dated June 8, 1973.
It reads: "le violon portant etiquette de Joseph Rocca a Turin de 1864 et un instrument authentique de cet auteur" - roughly translated: "a violin labelled Joseph Rocca Torino, 1864, an authentic instrument of this maker."
Leaving the auction block with a staggering five-figure value, the rare and unique instrument was head and shoulders above the other historic instruments at Bonhams' sale.
As a point of comparison, a rare 1792 Antonio Gragnani made violin carries a value of €60,000-100,000 - and was accidentally left by a girl on a Vienna subway, earlier this year.
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