How to sell your violin and keep itmain
We reported yesterday that the violinist Arve Tellefsen had become the top taxpayer in Norway after selling his Guarnerius to a German investor.
But the story gets more interesting by the day.
We know that Arve bought his 1739 Guarneri ‘Del Gesù’ in 1970 for a million krone (NOK) and sold it for 80 times the amount, which is pretty good going.
But the sweetener is he gets to keep the violin, and keep on playing it, so long as he’s alive, after which it heads to Germany.