Stradivarius sale to aid Japan earthquake and tsunami relief

Posted on: May 3, 2011

A report Monday (5/2) on the BBC News website states, “An exceptionally well-preserved Stradivarius violin, the Lady Blunt, which fetched $10m at its last sale in 2008, is to be auctioned for charity. The 1721 violin is being sold by the Nippon Music Foundation, with the entire proceeds going to their Northeastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. The Lady Blunt set a record price every time it was sold last century. Auctioneers Tarisio said they will sell the instrument online on 20 June. Christopher Reuning, of Reuning & Son Violins in Boston, which sells and certifies instruments, said: ‘Rarely does a Stradivarius of this quality in such pristine condition and with such significant historical provenance come up for sale.’ … Japan’s latest police figures stated that 14,704 people are known to have died and another 10,969 remain missing following the earthquake and tsunami in March. The violin was named after one of its owners, Lady Anne Blunt, the granddaughter of the poet Lord Byron.”

Posted May 3, 2011