Most expensive musical instruments in the world
Unique musical instruments regularly appear in the most famous auction houses. Vintage, made by famous craftsmen or belonged to the great musicians, they are one of the most sought-after items among collectors. And not only collectioners. In many countries there are special funds that collect rare musical instruments from around the world, and then provide them to the use of the lead performers. Not surprisingly, prices for such artifacts can reach transcendental heights. Forbes magazine compiled the list of most expensive musical instruments sold for the past 12 years.
Most expensive musical instruments in the world – Duport Stradivari cello (1711)
price: $ 20 million, named after the cellist Jean-Pierre Duport, has a wonderful history. According to legend, a scratch on its hull was left by spurs of Napoleon Bonaparte, who was trying to play it. In addition to the Duport, the instrument was owned by other cellists-virtuosos: Auguste-Joseph Franchomme (1842-1884) and Mstislav Rostropovich (from 1974 to 2007). After the death of Rostropovich the cello was purchased by Japanese Music Association for the amount, which is an absolute record not only for the cellos, but also for musical instruments in general.
Lady Blunt Stradivari violin of 1721, price $15,894
A kind of competition among the great violin Masters continues after their death. Masterpieces by Stradivari and his students, as well as their main competitor Guarneri, continue to beat price records. The last one was the work of Antonio Stradivari, in June of 2011 the violin was sold by Lady Blunt. The seller was the Japanese musical Association, which owned the musical instrument for 30 years. The money was sent to help victims of the tsunami. The buyer chose to remain anonymous. It is noteworthy that, in 1971 Christie’s auction the violin of Lady Blunt also found record price GBP 84, 000.
Crystal Grand Heintzman Piano
The opening ceremony of the 2008 summer Olympic Games included a powerful performance by the famous Chinese pianist Lang Lana. Specially for the ceremony The Heintzman Piano has created its own unique masterpiece – piano Crystal Grand. It really looks like it is cut out from a huge solid crystal. The auction was held after the Olympics, the piano was bought by a private buyer for the largest amount ever given for this type of musical instruments.
Reach Out to Asia Fender Stratocaster Guitar
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bryan Adams, Eric Clapton – legends of rock whose autographs can be seen at the usual white Fender Stratocaster guitar. And they only topped a long list of musicians, signed on it. Partly this is the reason the electric guitar is the most expensive in the world today. It was launched with a hammer at a charity auction of the Reach Out to Asia in Doha in 2006 for a record year for such items. Bought by the daughter of the Emir of Qatar Sheikha Al Mayassa Al-Thani. Sheikha Al Mayassa set another price record a year ago, by paying for a picture by Paul Cezanne “card players” $ 250 million — the largest amount ever given for a work of art.
Couchet harpsichord, $390 550 (in 2001).
The earliest mention of the harpsichord still refers to the 14th century. Specifically, playing this instrument Mozart, Bach, Handel and many other great composers created their masterpieces. But these days, harpsichord concerts are extremely rare and collectible items have become a rarity. Their production center in the 16th and 17th centuries was Antwerp. In this city for a long time worked “Stradivari”: Masters of Flanders-the makers of harpsichords from the Ruckers family and their descendants — Cochet. One of them, created by Joseph Johann Cochet in 1679 harpsichord was put under the hammer at Sotheby’s in 2001, setting a price record for harpsichords, which lasts to this day.
Keith John Moon’s drum set
Price: $ 252 487 in 2004
In 1978 at the age of 32 years old died Keith John Moon, one of the best rock drummers in the world. His style of drumming is much admired, imitated. The mad Moon, or moon Moons, as he was often called by fans, has become an Idol for millions. Most likely, one of his fans bought at auction at Christie’s in 2004, the drum kit which musician played in the period from 1968 to 1970.
Charlie Parker’s Saxophone
Price: $261 750
Charlie Parker lived only 34 years, but during his short life he was able to accomplish much, becoming a prominent jazz saxophonist, standing in row with Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington — if not more. In 2005, the New York Guernsey’s has held Jazz auction, on which were displayed for sale objects which once belonged to the great jazz performers. Among them was Charlie Parker’s saxophone. The seller was the widow of the musician, who kept musical instrument the entire 50 years, and this fact could not fail to affect the value of the saxophone.
Most expensive musical instruments
Flora Aurum by Jens Ritter
The German master Jens Ritter makes custom-made musical instruments of premium-class (usually for famous people), in the first place – bass guitars and an electric guitars with an original design. The normal price for his work ranges from $ 5000 to $ 16, 000. But bass Flora Aurum, 2007, broke all possible price records on this type of musical instruments. The buyer preferred to remain incognito. That is not surprising as it is created of gold, diamonds, Platinum and Mammoth ivory — which, of course, is to add the talent and skill of the creator of masterpieces.
Dizzy Gillespie trumpet
Dizzy Gillespie was a true virtuoso playing the trumpet; like Charlie Parker, he is regarded as a founder of bebop jazz style. He died in 1993 at the age of 75, but during his long life he had just a few favorite trumpets. One of them was sold in 2005, all at the same famous jazz auction Guernsey’s in New York. The amount was a record for the Decade, but could not beat the previous maximum prices established in 1995 at Christie’s. Then another Dizzy Gillespie trumpet was put under the hammer — but for $ 55, 000. This was the most famous trumpet, damaged at the time of the accident, which gained its unique sound.
Benny Goodman’s Clarinet
Price: $ 25,000
An outstanding jazz musician and an unsurpassed master of the clarinet Benny Goodman died in 1986 at the age of 77. In his lifetime he virtually changed dozens of musical instruments, some of which occasionally appear on various auction sites sold by descendants of the Jazzman’s friends. The most expensive sold clarinet of the twenty-first century was exhibited for trades at the same auction, with saxophone of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie’s trumpet. For comparison, another Benny Goodman clarinet was sold in 2011 at Sotheby’s in New York for $ 16 250.