A Guadagnini violin played by Joshua Bell will soon be sold at auction

A Guadagnini violin performed by Joshua Bell during his teenage years will be sold at auction on 16 May. The violin was owned by the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. All proceeds will go towards the students and music department. The Indiana University loaned the precious instrument to many of his students through the years, including a young Joshua Bell: "I was unable to afford a great violin at that time, but thankfully Indiana University was in possession of this wonderful Guadagnini violin and kindly lent it to me during this crucial period in my musical life. I played dozens of concerts on this fine violin and have fond memories of its glorious tone," he told at Violin Channel. The violin was given to the University in 1963 by an anonymous donor.