The news that the ‘Lady Blunt’ stradivarius violin of 1721 was sold for a record setting $15.9 million at the auction is hardly new any more to those who are interested in stringed instruments. I heard about the event on the news last June and also found that Nippon Music Foundation was the seller in the effort of raising relief fund for the earthquake/tsunami victims. But, I didn’t dig in too deeply and later almost forgot about it until I found the invitation to the auction site that came in the mail while I was sorting out one of our piles of references a couple of weeks ago. I don’t have any idea why we were in the mailing list, but that gave me an opportunity to look into the event once again.
I was going to study more about the ‘Lady Blunt’ and other background information for the post, but the auctioneer of the instrument Tarisio has a very extensive list of things related to the sale here, http://tarisio.com/wp/2011/04/the-lady-blunt-stradivarius-of-1721/ so I decided to skip the step all together.
While Phil was wooing and oohing about the beauty of the instrument, amazed how well preserved it was considering the history of it, etc., I could not help but wonder what Stradivari would have thought if he learned that, almost three hundred years after he created this instrument, the proceeds from the sale of the violin would go to help thousands of people, especially orphaned children of Japan, far away from Cremona, Italy where he lived and brought some wood into life to become world finest stringed instruments!
And this is to all violin makers out there who are working hard to create your own fine instruments, you might be contributing to the world far more than you could imagine in your life time!