Stradivarius sells for $15M
2011-06-21 by Nick Butler EMERITUS | 43 Comments
A prized Stadivarius violin has broken the world record for the sale of a single musical instrument at auction in London.

The instrument, named the Lady Blunt after its original owner, sold for £9,800,000 (over $15,000,000), obliterating the previous world record of $3,900,000 for a Guarneri del Gesù violin set in 2007. The violin had been donated to the auction by the Nippon Music Foundation in order to raise money for the Japanese tsunami relief fund; the name of the successful bidder has not been revealed.

The Lady Blunt is a notorious instrument in classical circles, with only the Lady Tennant (a previous world record holder costing over $2,000,000) and the Messiah (currently found in the Ashmolean collection in Oxford and believed to be the only example never to have been played) rivalling it in fame among Stradivari violins.
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taxidermist
June 21st 2011
7210 Comments


Now that is a hefty price.

hotshotvegetarian
June 21st 2011
129 Comments


This is news?

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 21st 2011
50510 Comments


I know Stradivarius from Pawn Stars

psykonaut
June 21st 2011
3913 Comments


I know Stradivarius from Fallout 3

NigelH
June 21st 2011
1571 Comments


holy fuck.

Masochist
June 21st 2011
8047 Comments


"This is news?"

You're asking whether the sale of the single-most expensive musical instrument ever to exist is relevant news to a music site?

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Ssssssss
June 21st 2011
683 Comments


Thought It meant the power metal band lol. But really 15m for wood.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
June 21st 2011
16434 Comments


Stradiwhovius?

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Poet
June 21st 2011
5935 Comments


You're asking whether the sale of the single-most expensive musical instrument ever to exist is relevant news to a music site? (X2)


That violin better be the best sounding instrument ever to go for that price

Spare
June 21st 2011
5313 Comments


awesome, also unsurprising

Ire
June 21st 2011
41795 Comments


Stradivarius the kitten

djunior
June 21st 2011
799 Comments


I cant even fathom having that much money to just blow like that.
guess it's good cause though

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Ssssssss
June 21st 2011
683 Comments


ye its to a nice cause but common atleast blow 15m on a nice house or car for a good cause not a violin lol.

HenchmanOfSanta
June 21st 2011
1878 Comments


I thought somebody sold the band Stratovarius.

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AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
June 21st 2011
2003 Comments


Thought It meant the power metal band lol. But really 15m for wood.


Same here. Thought they were being sold into slavery.

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baldymort
June 21st 2011
777 Comments


Haha yeah I thought this was about the power metal band as well.

mariothehedgehog
June 21st 2011
376 Comments


cmon band name is spelled differently

MIRAI87
June 21st 2011
249 Comments


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stradivarius

Yes, this is news. Those violins were made in the 1700s, and supposedly no one alive has ever built a better violin. I want one.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
June 21st 2011
28640 Comments


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DeathByDaydream
June 21st 2011
546 Comments


i wouldn't expect to see this on sputnik, but very interesting nonetheless, also a nice change from a the normal news.

PiratesWithHats
June 21st 2011
86 Comments


Agatha is going to be pissed. Congrats if you catch that reference.

taxidermist
June 21st 2011
7210 Comments


I know Stradivarius from Fallout 3 [2]

Fuck yeah!

accompliceofmydeath
June 21st 2011
4253 Comments


Why did it take so long for someone to point out Lady Blunt? That shit is hilarious.

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dylanthedesertpea
June 21st 2011
587 Comments


so is it a stradivarius or a stadivarius? keep it up staff

iFghtffyrdmns
June 21st 2011
7047 Comments


OH WOW HE GOT A BARGAIN!!!!1!!i!!!

Esky
June 21st 2011
170 Comments


Yep, this isn't news but a new Cannabis Corpse song is.. *yawn*

Psychaberration
June 21st 2011
62 Comments


and im sooo excited for UPS to deliver it to me! I didnt wanna pay for next day tho. $115 for a few days earlier? shit, I'm not made of money

iFghtffyrdmns
June 21st 2011
7047 Comments


well you almost made a funny.

hykudos
June 21st 2011
461 Comments


"....named the Lady Blunt after its original owner,...."


Snoop?

ZippaThaRippa
June 21st 2011
2434 Comments


I don't like violins

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
June 22nd 2011
23909 Comments


"This is news?"

You guys I want to hear about Limp Bizkit's new single. This is boring.

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JAV
June 22nd 2011
1943 Comments


If the violin pleasures you while you play it, it might be worth the 15 mil.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
June 22nd 2011
23909 Comments


you guys are all seriously retarded

Ovrot
June 22nd 2011
10502 Comments


I want it.
I want to make love it.
Then give it to apocalyptica.

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 22nd 2011
6197 Comments


I think that the price is cheap.

value/money = infinity

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dreamobile
June 22nd 2011
416 Comments


a 15mil violin named "Lady Blunt". surely this is the greatest violin ever

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 22nd 2011
31355 Comments


Stradiwhovius?


Totally came in here to post this


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sifFlammable
June 22nd 2011
2741 Comments


Came in thinking this was about the band Stratovarious

anuspudding
June 22nd 2011
403 Comments


"Yep, this isn't news but a new Cannabis Corpse song is.. *yawn*"


bro. new cannabis corpse is music news of the year

MutnikSpusic
June 22nd 2011
560 Comments


i d rather buy lady blunt

xNerox
June 22nd 2011
100 Comments


10 bucks says the owner converts it into a bong.

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2011
9048 Comments


Can we just acknowledge user anuspudding for a second? That's probably the only name funnier than lady blunt.

Parallels
June 23rd 2011
6641 Comments


15 million!?!?
Thats 45,000,000 chocolate lindor balls!
if a person ate 100 of them a day,
it would take over a millennium to eat it all!
i would totally take the chocolate.




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