Next June, the 1714 Stradivarius ‘da Vinci, ex-Seidel’ will go to auction in New York, having a chance to become the most expensive violin in history. According to Bloomberg, the precious violin is estimated to have a price between 15 million and 20 million dollars. Currently, the most expensive violin ever sold is the Vieuxtemps Guarneri (16 million dollars).
The violin will be auctioned by Tarisio, a web-based auction house specializing in stringed instruments and bows, which already sold a Stradivarius in 2011 for 16 million dollars. Unfortunately, that violin could not be played, because of its condition. On the contrary, the “da Vinci, Ex-Seidel” is fully playable.
The name of the violin derives from the past owner, the Russian-American virtuoso Toscha Seidel, who bought it for $25.000 98 years ago, stating that he would not part with it for a million dollars, as reported by the New York Times.
The violin was played in many CBS Network radio shows, and in recordings with major orchestras around the world, and can also be heard in the original score of the Wizzard of Oz.
Before being auctioned on 9 June, the 1714 Stradivarius ‘da Vinci, ex-Seidel’ will be shown in some big European and Asian cities, before coming back to New York.