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My father has a violin and we have no idea what it is worth.

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My father has a violin and we have no idea what it is worth. If it is a copy or original. It has Antonius Stradivarius made in 1713. Other words; Cremonensis Fav or Fau, anno, CEZCHOSLOVAKIN.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Musical Instrument Appraisal
Expert:  twinb1201 replied 1 year ago.

Hi Dorlee,

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Antonio Stradivari was an Italian luthier. He never made any instruments in Czechoslovakia, a country that didn't exist during his lifetime. The location of all his violins still in existence is known. The word "Czechoslovakia" on the label indicates that this violin is a copy and was made between 1918 and 1945 in a factory.

If your violin is in very good condition, with very good tone, its current retail (replacement or insurance) value is approximately $1,000. If you were to sell it, you could expect to get the fair market (private sale or auction) value of approximately 40% of the retail amount, or $400, depending on location and actual condition.

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