Learn all about the rich history and unique stories of the various Stradivarius violins known in existence.
A True Miracle – The Messiah Stradivarius
The Messiah Stradivarius violin remains in excellent condition even though it has traveled quite the journey of being sold over and over, before reaching its current home at the Ashmolean Museum.
La Pucelle Stradivarius – The Finest Creation from the ‘Golden Age of Stradivari’
The La Pucelle is one of the finest violins made by the famous artisan Antonio Stradivari who lovingly made this exquisite instrument at his workshop in Cremona, Italy in 1709.
The Unplayed Lady Blunt Stradivarius Violin
The renowned ‘Lady Blunt’ Stradivarius violin of 1721 is only one of two unplayed Strads in the world. In 2011, the violin sold at auction for a world-record price of $15,894,000.
The Priceless Milstein Stradivarius Violin
The Milstein is a playable Stradivarius violin that is currently owned by Jerry Kohl of Pasadena, California, but currently lives in its own temperature-controlled vault at the Disney Concert Hall. Kohl purchased the ancient instrument for an undisclosed price in...
The Molitor Stradivarius Violin
The Molitor Stradivarius was created in 1697. It set the record of the highest auction price ever paid for a musical instrument in 2010 when it was sold for $3.6 million USD.
1735 Ames Stradivarius Violin
The Ames Stradivarius violin is believed to have been handcrafted by Antonio Stradivari in 1734. It’s named after the 19th century violinist, George Ames, who owned it until 1943.
The Titanic Violin – The Curious Case of the Hartley Stradivarius Violin
Learn about the controversy surrounding the authenticity of the Hartley Violin which sold for $1.7 million in 2013.
The Duke of Alcantara
The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) is the proud owner of the “Duke of Alcantara” Stradivarius violin. This “Golden Period Strad” is known for is uncanny power and pure resonance and was made in 1732.