From correspondents in New York
May 12, 2006
“AUCTION house Christie’s unveiled a Stradivarius violin today that it said could fetch more than $US2 million next week to become the most expensive musical instrument ever sold at auction.
The violin, known as the Hammer, goes on the block in New York on Tuesday. It was made by Antonio Stradivari in 1707 in Cremona, Italy, and Christie’s estimates its value at $US1.5 million to $US2.5 million.”
UPDATE: “An anonymous bidder paid $3.54 million for a Stradivarius violin made in 1707 at auction house Christie’s on May 16, 2006, making it the most expensive musical instrument ever sold at auction.”