The violin, made in 1714 by master Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737), belonged for 40 years to a famous Russian-American violinist, Toscha Seidel (1899-1962), who performed on this violin the soundtrack of the film “The Wizard of Oz “(1939), a classic film production, according to Digi24.
“Seidel was also Albert Einstein’s teacher. This violin was with the great mathematician while he performed quartets with Seidel at his home in Princeton, New Jersey, “said Jason Price, founder and director of Tarisio, a company that sells rare instruments, writes Agerpres.
Toscha Seidel, who emigrated to the United States in the 1930s, and Albert Einstein, who fled the Nazi regime, attended a concert in New York in 1933 to support German scientists leaving the Nazi-led country.
Of the thousands of instruments produced by the famous Cremonese luthier, there are currently about 600.
“Many are in museums, others belong to foundations and are not for sale. Among those that have survived to the present day are a few that are known as examples of the so-called golden age (about 1710 – 1720) for Antonio Stradivari. And to a large extent, these are the most desired and appreciated, “said Jason Price.
This violin was part of the Japanese Munetsugu collection. Tarisio auction house did not provide any data on the buyer.
The sales record for a Stradivari was reached in 2011, when a violin named “Lady Blunt” because it belonged to Lady Anne Blunt, the niece of the poet Lord Byron, was sold in London for $ 15.89 million.
In 2014, another violin, with a minimum bid price of $ 45 million, failed to find a buyer in a Sotheby’s auction.
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