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Jun 17, 2014 6:29 AM by KSBY Staff (KF)

Rare violin found in Huguette Clark's closet to be auctioned

A rare and revered violin that sat for years in an estate in Santa Barbara is up for auction in New York City.

The "Kreutzer Stradivari" was found in a closet in the home of deceased heiress Huguette Clark. It sat collecting dust for decades.

The instrument got it's name from its first known owner, French violinist Rodolphe Kreutzer, and for violin maker Antonio Stradivari, who made it in 1731.

Pre-auction estimates put the expected sale price between $7.5 million and a $10 million.

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