The World’s Most Expensive Violin Has Been Sold

It’s known as the Vieuxtemps Guarnerius del Jesu.  Built in 1741, its previous players have included both Yehudu Menuhin and Itzhak Perlman.  For the past five decades, though, it’s been held silently by a private collector.

Three years ago, it was put up for sale with an asking price of–wait for it–$18 million.  No one bit.

But this week it was revealed that the violin was sold–and for a world record price, too.  They just won’t say how much that was.

Apparently, the new owner (whoever he or she is) wants this violin to be played in public.  Here’s Anne Akiko Meyers on the Vieuxtemps Guarnerius del Jesu.

(Via Arts Journal)

Alan Cross

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