A first-class violin becomes an instrument of change and charity in this hopeful story.
A Stradivarius violin known as the “Lady Blunt” sold for a record price of nearly $16 million, an amount equivalent to four times the previous record selling price for one of the rare violins. And better still, all of the proceeds will be donated to aid Japan’s relief efforts from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
The Nippon Music Foundation on Monday auctioned off the antique violin – one of some 600 string instruments made by the legendary Antonio Stradivari (1644 – 1737) that are still known to exist – to help raise funds for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that ripped through Japan’s Tohoku region on March 11. It is the first time the Tokyo-based nonprofit organization sold an instrument in its care.
“While this violin was very important to our collection, the needs of our fellow Japanese people after the March 11 tragedy have proven that we all need to help, in any way we can. The donation will be put to immediate use on the ground in Japan,” said Kazuko Shiomi, president of the foundation, in a released statement on Monday. The proceeds of the sale will be donated to the earthquake and tsunami relief fund established by its parent organization, the Nippon Foundation.
Source: Wall Street Journal