Gavels 'n' Paddles: Tononi violoncello, $209,000, Freeman's

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by Ken Hall
An Italian violoncello, crafted in Italy circa 1690 by Joannes Tononi of Bologna (1640-1713), sold for $209,000 at a Musical Instruments Sale held Nov. 20 by Freeman’s in Philadelphia. Also, a Martin 0-40 guitar, built circa 1880 by C.F. Martin & Co. in Nazareth, Pa., and played by folk singer Joan Baez in performances and recordings from 1966-1968, commanded $12,500; a French viola by J.B. Vuillaume (Paris, 1842) fetched $149,000; and an Italian violin by Michael Deconet, (circa 1760), made $43,750. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Tononi violoncello, $209,000, Freeman’s