Isaac Stern auction begins

From Reuters

Aficionados have the chance to own some of Isaac Stern’s violins and memorabilia nearly two years after his death.

On Thursday, 4-year-old Internet auction house Tarisio Auctions began selling 180 items belonging to Stern, the violinist who nurtured musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman and who saved New York City’s Carnegie Hall from the wrecker’s ball.

The items from the Stern estate range from violins, violin bows and photographs to his humidor and Steinway & Sons piano. Potentially the most valuable piece is a violin made by Frenchman Jean Baptiste Vuillaume around 1850. Bidding for the violin started at $47,500.