How much is a real Stradivarius violin worth?

Share All sharing options for: Why Stradivarius violins are worth millions. Antonio Stradivari is widely considered the greatest violin maker of all time, and his instruments sell for as much as $16 million.

How much is a Stradivarius copy worth?

Anywhere from $50 to $50,000 depending on its maker. The vast majority of violins are copies of some Stradivarius or another; most aren’t marked as such.

What makes a Stradivarius sound so good?

Stradivarius violins are renowned for their supposedly superior sound when compared to other instruments. For example, one study argued that a “little ice age” which affected Europe from 1645 to 1715, was responsible for the slow-growth wood used in the construction of the violins that gives them a particular quality.

When was the Stradivari violin donated to the Smithsonian?

The Stradivari was used to record the Decca album Intimamente Tango (2015, No. 481 1489) and a new Violin concerto by Manuel De Sica published by Brilliant Classics (2014, No. 94905). Donated to the Smithsonian Institution in 1997 by Herbert R. Axelrod; now part of the Axelrod quartet .

What kind of instruments did Stradivari make?

Stradivari also made harps, guitars, violas, and cellos–more than 1,100 instruments in all, by current estimate. About 650 of these instruments survive today. In addition, thousands of violins have been made in tribute to Stradivari, copying his model and bearing labels that read “Stradivarius.”

How did the Stradivarius cello get its name?

It takes its name from the 19th-century Belgian, Adrien Francois Servais (1807-1866), who played this cello. The Herbert R. Axelrod Stradivarius Quartet of ornamented instruments is also housed in the NMAH collections. These instruments can be heard in concerts and on Smithsonian recordings.

Who was the original owner of the Stradivarius?

Previously owned by David Oistrakh, who inherited it in 1969 under the will of Queen Elizabeth. He never performed with this instrument, constructed in the Nicola Amati style, because of the short scale, uncomfortable for his hand.