Learn all about the rich history and unique stories of the various Stradivarius violins known in existence.
The Messiah Stradivarius violin is one of the most precious violins in the world, which has remained in perfect condition even today. However, the violin is famous not only because of its excellent sound quality but because of the bizarre events in which he survived.
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.
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.
Learn about the controversy surrounding the authenticity of the Hartley Violin which sold for $1.7 million in 2013.
The Lady Blunt is a Stradivarius violin that was made during his golden era. This 1721 Stradivarius violin is a truly rare piece of musical history as it’s in near-perfect, original condition.
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.
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.