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Mementos from Famed Philly Violin Shop Find an Audience

Magazine article Strings

Mementos from Famed Philly Violin Shop Find an Audience

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Even the batch of 3,000 violin pegs has found a new home

TARISIO'S MOENNIG COLLECTION SALE, held online between June 23-25, fetched $1.59 million, more than double die low estimate - all 613 lots sold, says Tarisio owner Jason Price. The mammoth sale offered the contents of the famous old Philadelphia violin shop, Moennig & Sons, which closed its doors late last year after a century in business.

The sale ranged from the signed collectible photos of star players that once adorned the walls to the showroom cabinets and the contents of the drawers to various specialty items.

The sale attracted more than twice the usual number of bids, including many first-time, one-item bidders. "People latched onto things they remembered from the shop and had to have," Price says, "or maybe a photograph of their teacher."

The online event drew to the violin world some unusual audiences, such as the photo and autograph market. The haunting - and gaunt - image of Igor Stravinsky brought $3,500. A selection of tonewood was especially hotly contested, as were parts and supplies: 3,000 violin pegs, anyone? Players found excellent values among die bows, though most of die better instruments were held back for upcoming fine-instrument sales.

The prices for ephemera were the hardest for Price to predict. "There were no benchmarks," he says, and some sales left him scratching his head: $12,000 for a Victorian double music stand?


A bow that was the primary playing bow of the late violin virtuoso Yehudi Menuhin sold at Sotheby's March 9 sale in London for £51,650. …

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