A week ago at Skinner’s Auction of Fine Musical Instruments one of the twelve “Apostle” cases made by W.E. Hill & Sons of London, estimated value $5,000-$8,000, sold for more than double at $17,220 including premium.
Made in the 1880s, the “Apostle” cases were Hill’s halo product, representing the very best their talented artisans could create, featuring exotic wood marquetry and damask silk velvet. They are the case collector’s equivalent of a Golden Period Stradivari. This particular example, circa 1887, is in stunning original condition, with the interior in a luminous slate color.
One more example of some prime violin cases becoming considered more and more as investment-grade artwork!
(And before someone says they'd never pay that much for a case, consider that this is fine art, not intended to be taken out of the music room)
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