The Ex-Croall; McEwen Stradivari violin was sold today, at auction, by Ingles & Hayday for £1,920,000
Considered by leading authority W.E. Hill & Sons as a fine example of Antonio Stradivari’s violins from the 1680’s, the instrument represents a key stage in the development of the luthier’s distinctive style. The violin, which is in fine condition, has a back crafted from a single piece of maple with irregular flame and Stradivari’s trademark golden varnish. Notable performers who have played the Ex-Croall; McEwen include Frank Peter Zimmermann (who performed on the instrument between 1985 and 1990), Alexander Gilman, and Suyeon Kim.