Stradivarius instruments are holding the top-5 places when it comes to prices ever paid for any musical instruments, and the most expensive violins made by Stradivarius are those he crafted during his so-called golden period (1700 to 1725).
Stradivarius violins from that period are having opening bids at auctions of several millions of dollars. Here are a few examples:
- Maxim Vengerov, the Russian violist, bought the 1727-crafted ‘Kreutzer’ violin for almost $1.6 million in 1998. Vengerov owns four Stradivarius violins in total.
- Stradivarius’ 1720 Red Mendelssohn violin was sold in 1990 for $1.7 million. The unique instrument was bought by the grandfather of violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn who received it as a birthday present when she turned 16.
- The 1699 Lady Tennant violin was sold at an April 2005 Christie’s auction for slightly over $2 million. The instrument was bought by the Stradivari Society of Chicago to be played on loan by violinist Yang Liu, and later (in 2009) by Yossif Ivanov.
- Stradivarius’ Soloman ex-Lambert (1729) was auctioned at Christie’s in 2007 for $2.7 million to an anonymous bidder.
- Stradivarius’ 1707 ‘Hammer’ violin was sold at a Christie’s auction in 2006 for $3,544,000, a world record for any musical instrument at that time.
- In 2010, a new record was set when at a Tarisio auction, concert violinist Anne Akiko Meyers acquired the 1697 ‘Molitor’ violin for $3.6 million. The Molitor is said to have been previously owned by Napoleon Bonaparte.
- Stradivarius’ Lady Blunt violin was auctioned online by Tarisio in June 2011 for $15.9 million, more than 4 times the previous record The proceeds went to the Nippon Foundation to help fund the relief efforts after the devastating Earthquake and Tsunami.
- The 1731 ‘Kreutzer’ violin, listed at a 2014 auction at Christie’s for f $7.5 – $10 million, did not reach the reserve price at a sealed-bid auction.
So you see, a Stradivarius instrument is an emotional and financially secure investment that will only rise in value.