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Stradivarius viola could sell for $45 million

A rare Stradivarius viola valued at $45 million could become the most expensive musical instrument ever sold when it is auctioned later this year.

Apr 17, 2014 | By rty aze

David Aaron Carpenter

A rare Stradivarius viola valued at $45 million could become the most expensive musical instrument ever sold when it is auctioned later this year.

Auction house Sotheby’s has invited sealed bids to be received by June 26 for the nearly 300 year-old instrument made by the Italian master craftsman Antonio Stradivari in 1719.

Musical instrument expert Tim Ingles described the sale of the instrument, one of only 10 Stradivarius violas still in existence, as a “once in a lifetime” event.

Known as the “Macdonald” viola in a reference to a previous owner — Baron Macdonald who purchased it in around 1820 — it is said to be in perfect condition and has never been restored.

 
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