Claudio Amighetti

Auction Yearbook of Bowed Instruments, 2005

2007, 256 pp.
rilegato in brossura, 21 x 29,5 cm
ISBN: 8887618112

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The publication of the results of auctions provides a convenient and immediate consultation tool for those working in the sector.

The volumes are of immediate and simple consultation. The works are listed by maker; their names are set into the margin and highlighted by printed character. Abbreviations have been reduced to a minimum and symbols have been avoided to make the yearbook readily understandable.

All information contained is official information from the auction houses, taken from the catalogues and bulletins of results they issue. Only works of certain makers have been selected (in this respect trusting blindly the various experts of the auction houses) and only those that were actually sold. The fact of actual sale guarantees the reader confirmation of the value of the item including by the general public.

To complete the information, details are given of the length of the sound box (the weight for bows), the estimated value (in the original currency), a short description (referring those wanting greater detail to the official auction catalogue), indications concerning certificates and, for some works, photographs. The price at which the work was sold is given in five currencies, the principal ones used in the sector, and includes auction fees, with no other additional tax. Official bank exchange rates for the day of the sale are used (or the previous day if the auction was on Saturday of Sunday).

For the year 2005 twelve auction houses were considered, operating in five countries, for a total of thirty-nine auction sessions. Overall, 1,314 instruments and 1,275 bows were catalogued.

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Claudio Amighetti
Claudio Amighetti began violin making in 1969 by studying with M. Pietro Sgarabotto, with whom he worked for four years; later, he specialized in restoration in some French and American workshops. Finally, he opened a violin-making workshop in his city, Cremona, where he currently lives.
For 40 years (1977-2017) he taught restoration of stringed instruments at the International School of Violinmaking in Cremona. He participated in scientific committees of various violin making exhibitions and gave lectures and seminars in many parts of the world, including: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, South Korea, Cuba, Finland, France, Guatemala, Mexico, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, and Venezuela.