Antonio Gragnani violin sells for £23K at Nantwich auction

Antonio Gragnani violin Auctioneer Chris Large said the violin dated back to 1763

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A rare violin which last sold for £115 in 1917 has sold for £23,000 at auction.

The instrument, made by Antonio Gragnani in the 1760s, went under the hammer at Peter Wilson Fine Art Auctioneers Ltd in Nantwich.

An anonymous buyer from south Cheshire was the successful bidder.

The current auction record for a Gragnani violin, which was set at Sotheby's last year, is £48,000, said auctioneer Chris Large.

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