twcellist Posted October 25, 2019 Report Share Posted October 25, 2019 I don't mean to cause a stir, but I suspect this topic could generate a lot of discussion. I recently tried to bid on a 1924 Garimberti cello at Ingles and Hayday. Their initial estimate was 60K-80K British Pounds (after commission equivalent to around $93K -$125K USD) I had to fortune to see and play the cello. It was beautiful sounding cello in pristine condition and had two certs. The latest cert was from Eric Blot stating that the cello was a Garimberti because the label said Guiseppe Pedrazzini. (On a side note I got to play a Guaneri Filius Andrea that they were selling for $2.2 USD ). Anyhow, I had a suspicion that the cello would go over the asking and sure enough it sold at 95K (roughly $150K.) So, naturally this begs the question is it even possible to get a nice good condition Italian cello for under $100K USD? When I came back I looked online and Reuning has a Arturo Fracassi that 1958 and they want $175K USD! I don't know how to describe how I feel right now. It's a mixture of fascinated (just interesting to see the prices) , flabbergasted (can't believe the prices ), and frustrated (because I didn't win the auction AND I feel that any good Italian Cello is basically unattainable to most people .) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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