Strad dealer sounds sour note

Bremen bankers duped by violin dealer(Photo: mitch98000)
Bremen bankers duped by violin dealer(Photo: mitch98000)

In a musical game of Where’s Waldo, one of the world’s most successful dealers of Stradivari violins finds himself in the middle of a firestorm.  Instruments are missing, creditors are suing, and Dietmar Machold sits in a Viennese jail, accused of passing off fakes as collateral for millions in loans.

Read How the world’s top Stradivarius dealer misplayed (Der Spiegel)

Metropolitan Opera puts history on display

For baseball fans, a trip to Cooperstown is a must, for football fans the destination is Canton, Ohio.  For opera lovers, it’s the Wall of Fame at the Met in New York City.

Read The corner of Falstaff and Zerbinetta (NY Times)

Ira Gershwin’s letters are going to Library of Congress

Letters from lyricist to his biographer her been stolen. The biographer’s daughter, Carla Jablonski, claims in suit they must have been stolen from her apartment. A judge ruled the letters can be sold by Gary Zimet, a memorabilia dealer based in upstate Washingtonville, New York.

Read Court clears way for sale of Ira Gershwin letters (NY Daily News)

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