The 1731 Stradivarius violin named ‘The Kreutzer’’ after its former owner,the French violinist Rodolphe Kreutzer, was amazingly found in a cupboard in her 42-room apartment. The piece will be auctioned at Christie’s and is estimated to fetch between $7.5 to 10 million in the sale room.

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“It would be the one violin that Kreutzer held most special to him and would retain it throughout his life,” said a spokesman for Christie's.

‘’Celebrated as a violin virtuoso, composer, and teacher, Kreutzer left behind a great body of work including 19 violin concertos and 40 operas.”

The deadline for bids will be this Thursday.

The Stradivarius – named after the Stradivari family during the 17th and 18th centuries – has been a name renowned for its musical excellence for three centuries.

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