Rueters has reported that violins have been really hitting those high notes (bank notes that is )
"Russian businessman Maxim Viktorov recently paid a record price for a violin made by Guiseppe Guarneri, paying "well in excess" of the previous world auction record for a musical instrument of $3.54 million for Stradivari’s 1708 "Hammer" in 2006" (privately purchased through the Sotheby’s, the price of the Guarneri acquisition was not disclosed).
Recent Violin sales include:
The new Garritan Orchestral Strings 2 will have a Guarneri Del Jesu, 2 Stradivaris (as well as Amati, Gofriller, Montagnana, Gagliano, etc).
- As mentioned above, a violin made by Antonio Stradivari, right, in 1708, nicknamed “the Hammer” after the Swedish collector Christian Hammer, was sold at Christie’s New York, for $3.54 million in 2006
- Last year another Stradivarius violin, “the Solomon”, made in 1729, sold for $2.73 million at Christie’s New York. It had once been owned by the English collector Robert Bower, who is said to have once owned 24 Stradivari instruments
- In 2005 “the Lady Tennant”, a violin made in 1699, the beginning of Stradivari’s “golden age”, sold for $2.03 million at Christie's New York
- The “Kreutzer” Stradivarius, made in 1727, went for £947,500 at Christie's London in 1998 (nearly $1.87 million in US dollars)
- The “Mendelssohn” Stradivarius from 1720 sold for £902,000 at Christie’s London in 1990 ($1.79 million)
- In 2006 the “Fenyves” violin, made by Stradivari circa 1720 and named after the Hungarian-born musician Lorand Fenyves, sold for $1.44 million in Boston
- The “Taft” Stradivarius from 1700 made £861,000 at Christie’s New York in 2000 ($1.7 million)
- A Stradivarius from 1712, “Le Brun”, fetched £795,000, at Sotheby’s in 2001 ($1.57 million)
Should I add a bunch of zeros to the price?