Most Expensive Violins in the World
Do you wonder which are the Most Expensive Violins in the World? Find out here!
For those of you that don’t already know a Violin is a four string instrument, tuned in perfect fifths. Possibly the name violin evolves from Vitula that means stringed instrument.
Also known as fiddle, violins are generally made from wood of different types which gives each type a characteristic sound. Violins are strung with synthetic nylon, gut or steel strings.
Even if these days, electronic violins are more available, they might not be made from wood and actually, the collectors and expert musicians prefer the hand-made wooden violins.
A person that makes violins is known as luthier and the most famous luthiers are Guarneri, Stradivari, Amati, Maggini and Gasparo de Salo. These amazing violins can cost millions of dollars and are some of the most coveted by collectors.
Today we’ll be taking a look at the 4 most valuable violins out there and just how much you’d have to pay to get your hands on one of them!
But enough with the small talk!
Let’s find out which are the Most Expensive Violins in the World!
4. The Lady Tennant Stradivarius – Sold for: $2 Million
The lady of Tennant Lafont Stradivarius is one of the masterpiece antique creation made by the Italian master luthier Antonio Stradivari of Cremano.
Created in 1699, the Violin marks the beginning of his ‘Golden’ period. It was sold for $2,032,000 at an auction in New York, in 2005.
The violin has been in the possession of some famous names, and presently in possession of an unknown collector.
The name of the violin derives from Charles Lafont, the first buyer and later from Sir Charles Tennant who gifted it to his wife during the 1900.
3. A250 years old del Gesù
Guiseppe Guarneri was another master luthier who had competed with Stradivarius .
His violins are also termed as del Gesu that means “of Jesus”. In 2008 a 250 year old del Gesu, that was once owned by the court violinist of Tsar Alexander II, went under the hammer at Sotheby’s.
It was bought for $4 million USD by Russian Violinist and lawyer Maxim Viktorov. It was played by him for a small time, till it was once again played by Pinchas Zukerman for just two concerts.
2. Lady Blunt Stradivarius
The Lady Blunt Stradivarius is another masterpiece made by Stradivarius. Named after Lady Anne Blunt daughter of Lady Ada Lovelace, and granddaughter of Lord Byron, this amazing violin was made in 1721 and it is one of the best preserved Stradivarius. It was sold for $15.9 million USD in 2011 through an online auction.
1. Vieuxtemps Guarneri
This is another masterpiece made by the artist in Violin making Guiseppe Guarneri in 1741. The instrument has been played by masters like, Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman and Yehudi Menuhin. The famous owners also include Ian Stouzker and Sir Issac Wolfson. The Violin was sold for a world record price that has not been disclosed, just like the name of the buyer, but the base price was fixed at $18 million USD.
Some of the factors that decide the prices include the attribution or maker of the violin, quality and condition, provenance, fashion and freshness in the market. Other violins like the Amati’s, Maggini’s, Gasparo da Salo are also sold for a fortune, but most of them are in the hands of private collectors and can be best described as priceless.
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