Stradivarian is a superlative often associated with excellence in the field of stringed instruments (violins). Until date, we have seen many exemplary designs like 1710 Stradivari Viola da Gamba head that had neck and headstock of Aquila violin, or a record-breaking $3.6 million violin that was sold in 2010. This time, the musical instrument auction house Tarisio is offering the world’s most expensive ‘Lady Blunt’ Stradivarius violin of 1721, which was sold privately to Lady Anne Blunt, granddaughter of the famous English poet Lord Byron, in 2008.
The violin is currently with the Nippon Music Foundation. This beautiful piece has attracted many collectors across the globe, who have been eying to grab this matchless opportunity to own this piece of history.
Jason Price, director of Tarisio, says:
In the world of stringed instruments, it is the equivalent of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa or Michelangelo’s David.
The current owner of the instrument is putting the ‘Lady Blunt’ on online auction, on June 20, 2011. All the proceedings from the auction will benefit the Nippon Foundation’s Northeastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.