Stunning Stradivari Viola To Be Auctioned Off For $45 Million
We all know that classical musical instruments are quite expensive, but when you hear about a price tag of $45 million, you just have to wonder what all the fuss is about. What might soon become the world’s most expensive musical instrument is a McDonald viola that was made by Antonio Stradivari himself in 1719.
As one of the 10 McDonald violas that are still in existence presently, this one is undoubtedly in the best shape, and when it will be put under the hammer this spring by Sotheby’s, it will most definitely set a record price. Actually, no other McDonald viola has been put under the hammer for the past 5 decades, probably because this particular model is widely regarded to be the best of its kind in the world. Made using alpine spruce and maple, the viola got its name because it was purchased by the 3rd Baron Macdonald during the 1800s.
The starting price of this exquisite viola will be $45 million, and the winner will be announced on June 25.