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1737: Astronomical Prices of Stradivari’s Violins

1737: Astronomical Prices of Stradivari’s Violins

Stradivari’s violins are worth millions of dollars today. Record price for now keeps his violin named Lady Blunt (after Lord Byron’s granddaughter), which was sold in 2011 for 9,808,000 British pounds (nearly 16 million dollars).

On this day the most famous violin maker in history died. He was a resident of the Italian town of Cremona, just like the other two most famous violin makers, Giuseppe Guarneri and Nicolo Amati. In fact, family workshops of Stradivari, Guarneri, and Amati were only a few house numbers from one another. Stradivari’s violins were made of spruce wood (front), willow (inner parts) and maple (back and neck). Varnish was composed of egg white, honey, and gum arabic. Stradivari’s violins are worth millions of dollars today. The record price was reached by his violin named Lady Blunt (after Lord Byron’s granddaughter), which was sold in 2011 for 9,808,000 British pounds (nearly 16 million dollars). It is estimated that, in his lifetime, Stradivari made 1,000 to 1,100 instruments and that around 650 of these instruments are preserved today. It is interesting that most world-famous violinists plays on these over 300-years-old instruments to this day.

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