Stradivarius Sells for Record Price

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A violin known as "The Lady Tennant" sold last week for $2,032,000, the highest price ever paid for a musical instrument, the Associated Press reports.

The violin, made by Antonio Stradivari in 1699, was auctioned by Christie's in New York City.

The bid, by an American collector who wished to remain anonymous, surpassed the $1,776,940 paid for another Stradivarius in 1990. The seller also wished to remain anonymous.

At one time, the instrument was owned by Philippe Lafont, a violin virtuoso of the early 19th century and a rival of Nicolo Paganini. It was purchased after his death in 1839 by W. E. Hill and Sons, a London violin dealer. In 1900, Hill sold it to Charles Tennant, a Scottish businessman, who gave it to his wife, an amateur violinist. It has since been called "The Lady Tennant."


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