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es for the instruments.In 2014, a "General Dupont▓ Grumiaux" Stradivarius violin made in 1727 was so▓ld to an anonym

ous collector in China, becoming the first St▓radivarius to be owned by a private individual in the country.Tim Ingles, dir

ector of Ingles & Hayday, a specialist fine and ra▓re musical instrument auction house and dealership, also feels optimistic about

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