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I think in a lot of cases the consignor has very strong views on what the estimate should be ...

I saw that one of the auction houses has a decent but unremarkable silver mounted Voirin viola bow at an estimate of £30-40k. Can't think of any other explanation there.

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29 minutes ago, martin swan said:

This is advertised quite clearly as not an Audinot. It looks rather like a Collin-Mézin from the 1920s/30s to me, and it seems clean - so aside from the fact that the seller is suggesting it might be earlier, I can't see what the problem is.

Did you look at the other violins?

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17 hours ago, martin swan said:

I think in a lot of cases the consignor has very strong views on what the estimate should be ...

I saw that one of the auction houses has a decent but unremarkable silver mounted Voirin viola bow at an estimate of £30-40k. Can't think of any other explanation there.

This makes me think of the Guarneri that sold at the Skinner auction for 15k. What is a Guarneri really worth without the pedigree? I feel in a way that we are all inherently xenophobic, judging based on origin rather than quality. Are we just paying based upon what the auction houses estimate, and if so do we trust them too much? What is the real worth of an instrument, and why are we willing to pay what we do? Players can't tell the difference, and even experts sometimes struggle.

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