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Rare Stradivari viola could set auction record

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 01:29

Apr. 15 - A rare Stradivari viola expected to fetch more than $45 million USD in a sealed bids sale is presented in Paris and played by violist David Aaron Carpenter. Tara Cleary reports.

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The world's finest Stradivari viola at its last exhibition stop before it's sold. David Aaron Carpenter took the 'Macdonald' through its paces at Sotheby's in Paris. Made by Antonio Stradivari in 1719, it's one of only two violas produced during what is considered the Italian artisan's Golden Period. SOUNDBITE: David Aaron Carpenter, international violist, saying (English): "This is 1719, this is the height of Johann Sebastian Bach and (Joseph) Haydn, and all the great composers, and they probably were around Stradivarius and have seen it in the royal courts." The viola is expected to fetch more than $45 million U.S. dollars at auction, which would set a world record for the most expensive musical instrument ever sold. It's been kept in a safe since its owner died in 1987, so its appearance has been eagerly anticipated, says instrument expert Tim Ingles. SOUNDBITE: Tim Ingles, expert in instrumental music, Ingles and Hayday Auction House, saying (English): "It has sort of attained a mythical status during that time because it's been well known that it is probably the greatest Strad on the planet but nobody has been able to see it." The 'Macdonald' has been exhibited in New York and Hong Kong and the winner of the sealed bid auction will be announced on June 25.

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Rare Stradivari viola could set auction record

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 01:29