The auction ends tonight and the highest online bid so far for the Lady Blunt Stradivarius is stuck on £6million ($9.6m).
The last time it sold, in 2008, was to the Nippon Music Foundation for $10 million. Now the Foundation is selling it to raise funds for Japan earthquake relief. A price well in excess of $10 million has been anticipated.
The Lady Blunt is one of the two most perfectly preserved Strads in existence (the other is the ‘Messiah’ at the Ashmolean in Oxford). It has not been played in half a century and cannot ever be brought back to the stage. But as an exemplar of the craftsman’s original work it is almost unmatched. Eleven hours to go. Keep bidding. Watch here for the outcome.