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Relative worth of Einstein's fiddle

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Bonhams offer a violin presented to and owned by Albert Einstein at a March auction.

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The estimate a not so trifling $100K - $150K.

Whatever the outcome  a sale would surely be a new record for a violin by Oscar Steger of Harrisburg?

To my eye not a pretty thing but everything is relative......

 

 

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56 minutes ago, Omobono said:

Bonhams offer a violin presented to and owned by Albert Einstein at a March auction.

Bonhams

The estimate a not so trifling $100K - $150K.

Whatever the outcome  a sale would surely be a new record for a violin by Oscar Steger of Harrisburg?

To my eye not a pretty thing but everything is relative......

 

 

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or it could be uncertain...

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Seems that Einstein gave it to the janitor's son, probably didn't play it a whole lot.

Anyone know anything about his other violin(s)? Somewhere in the back of my head I recall reading of Einstein having a Kloz, but that may be a false memory.

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I thought Bonhams had stopped selling musical instruments  in 2015 ?

Mind you, they do not have to employ experts to prove the provenance of this violin.

 

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20 hours ago, Nick Allen said:

The body looks like what people who aren't familiar with violins draw when they need to draw a violin...

That's what came to mind for me, too. I think I have an old plastic Christmas ornament with exactly this same silhouette.

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11 hours ago, heavymetalalfa said:

By a large margin if it gets near estimate, imo. What other American has come close in value?

If I recall correctly, a Samuel Zygmuntowicz violin sold at auction for $130,000. I think that this was not only the highest for an American maker, it was also the highest for a living maker, (but I could be wrong about that part.)

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Oh my Lord......

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."

A. Einsein.

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Einstein's violins

"He is reported to have owned more than ten violins"

I wonder who else may find one and put it up for sale at that price?

Guarneri?

"Einstein was apparently offered the opportunity of owning and playing on a Guarneri violin, but instead and modestly chose a less distinguished make." 

 

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Lol...and this auction was for the ugly one...

Wonder how well the prettier ones can do?

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This will certainly bring up the value of this maker.

I tried to research him, but the Einstein sale made it difficult to find him.

I am a huge fan of American made violins from the mid 1800's till the 1930's in particular.

I had JB Squire's and Asa White, Gemunder and Balterson, that rivaled any modern Italian in my book.

So many truly great American makers. 

Then,, and now.

 

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The Bonham's article says that he was a cabinet-maker who was moved to make a violin for Einstein. I imagine it might be the only one he ever made.

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Maybe it sounds good! :)

It was a lovely gesture on the part of the cabinet maker and lovely of Einstein to keep  and appreciate that gesture!

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I wonder what happened to the ex-Einstein violin that Nagyvary played as a young violin student?  :huh:

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6 hours ago, lwl said:

The Bonham's article says that he was a cabinet-maker who was moved to make a violin for Einstein. I imagine it might be the only one he ever made.

That would also be an notable achievement - to make one fiddle and have it sold for half a million bucks!

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On 3/8/2018 at 6:01 PM, Omobono said:

a new record for a violin by Oscar Steger of Harrisburg?

The ex-Heifetz Steger went for over two million.

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