The Most Expensive Violin in the World
Do you ever imagine playing with most expensive violin? Violin is the most popular bowed and stringed musical instrument. This instrument comes from 16 century Italy and the oldest surviving violin dates to 1564. The master luthier of violin, Antonia Stradivari (1644-1737) believed to have created 1,100 violins in Cremona, Italy and 650 of those are believed to still exist.
The lady Tennant Stradivarius sold by Christie’s New York in April 2005 with the price $2.03 million. However, there been private sales of similar violins crafted by Stradivari. This most expensive violin originally owned by Charles Lafont. This violin’s name comes from Sir Charles Tennant who purchased it for his wife in 1900. For all Stradivari instruments, there’s the most expensive violin created by Giuseppe Guaneri. The name of this most expensive violin is del Gesu (1689-1744). Guarneri also worked in Cremona, Stradivari’s rival.
Russian lawyer and violinist Maxim Viktorov purchased a 250 year old del Gesu in 2008. This most expensive violin once owned by Tsar Alexander II’s court violinist, at Sotheby’s auction in New York for $million. Viktorov played this most expensive violin briefly beore purchasing it and he refused to play it until Israeli virtuoso Pinchas Zukerman had performed with this most expensive violin. Zukerman played two concerts with what was, one before a private audience of Moscow’s social eliter and one public performance at the Moscow Conservatory.
Del Gesu is the most expensive violin in the world and the most expensive musical instrument. Three years before Guarneri’s death, the Vieuxtemps Guarneri was created in 1741. It is named after Henri Vieuxtemps, a 19th century musician known for his violin concertos. Chicago’s Bein & Fushi, dealers of rare and costly musical instruments, are offering the instrument for an astounding US $18 million. This is the most expensive violin and only rich people and lover of violin would buy it.