Greenhouse cello sells for over $6 million, sets new record

Posted on: January 23, 2012

In Monday’s (1/23) New York Times, Daniel J. Wakin reports, “It is considered one of the greatest cellos in the world, a beautifully preserved product of Antonio Stradivari that was once owned by Nicolò Paganini and most recently by Bernard Greenhouse, a founding member of the Beaux Arts Trio. Mr. Greenhouse played the cello for a half century, and after his death last year, his family decided to sell it, hoping it would go to a deserving musician. They got their wish, and a record price. Christopher Reuning, the rare-instrument dealer in Boston who handled the sale, said on Saturday that the cello had been sold last week for ‘a fair bit above’ the minimum bid price, which was slightly over $6 million. He declined to specify the exact amount. Mr. Reuning said the amount exceeded the previous record of $6 million. The purchaser was a ‘patroness of the arts from Montreal,’ who declined to be identified further, Mr. Reuning said. He said she has decided to lend the cello, known as Countess of Stainlein, ex-Paganini of 1707, to Stéphane Tétreault, an 18-year-old player from Montreal with a budding career.”

Posted January 23, 2012