1714 “da Vinci, ex-Seidel” Stradivari Violin Offered by Tarisio for $15.34 Million

(Photograph courtesy: Tarisio)


The London public sale home Tarisio not too long ago introduced the sale of the 1714 “da Vinci, ex-Seidel” Stradivarius violin. Following a complete of 11 bids and 5 extensions from the violin’s preliminary reserve worth of $8 million, the sale worth of $15.34 million was finally reached.

The instrument is known as for its long-time proprietor Toscha Seidel, who performed on it for the higher a part of 4 many years. A scholar of Leopold Auer, Seidel spent an excessive amount of his profession recording Hollywood soundtracks, and his Stradivarius may be heard on the soundtrack to The Wizard of Oz (1939), Intermezzo (1939), and Melody for Three (1941).

Regardless of being the second-highest quantity ever paid for a Stradivarius violin, the ultimate sale worth of $15.34 million fell wanting some expectations, with The New York Instances speculating that the instrument might have bought for as a lot as $20 million.

The largely unplayed “Girl Blunt” Stradivarius, which was famously owned by the granddaughter of Lord Byron, thus retains its title as the most costly Strad ever bought. It was auctioned by the Nippon Basis in 2011, and went for $15.9 million — with all proceeds going to the victims of that 12 months’s tsunami and earthquake in Japan.

“All of us at Tarisio are deeply honored to be part of the good historical past of the ‘da Vinci, ex-Seidel’ violin by at the moment’s public sale and to increase the musical legacy of this incomparable instrument — crafted by Antonio Stradivari, the best violin maker of all time,” stated Carlos Tome, Tarisio’s Director.

“The voice of this violin has happy audiences for greater than 300 years, and we hope it’s going to proceed to take action for one more 300 years and past.”

Andrew Bernardi, the Inventive Director of the  Bernardi Music Group, which holds the

the 1696 Amici Bernardi Stradivarius, commented:

“The 1714 ‘da Vinci, ex-Seidel’ Stradivari violin was violin virtuoso Toscha Seidel’s ‘first arm’, making a sound that’s each legendary, poetic and the last word Hollywood solo violin tone. It’s reassuring to see this cultural treasure attracting a close to world file as a priceless murals which brings collectively communities by music, be it monetary syndicates, violin collectors, music lovers, performers or future sponsors impressed by the humanities, who will assist future performances on this violin.

“We’re very a lot wanting ahead to assembly the brand new custodians of the ‘da Vinci, ex-Seidel’ and see the provenance of this astonishing violin rising ever additional,” he added.