8 Musical Instruments That Cost A Fortune

8 Musical Instruments That Cost A Fortune

Music is liberating but after hearing the prices of these instruments, it might not feel so. Check them out –


8. Violoncello by Gennaro Galiano

Italian luthiers are known very well known across the world. Their instruments have the highest quality, best sound, and highest prices. The famous cello by Gennaro Galiano is 250 years old with an estimated price of between $250,000 and $300,000. An auction in 2009 was the selling place of this piece of art, and the winning bid was $362,500.


7. Viola by Gasparo Bertolotti da Salò

This viola was the primary instrument of famous Gasparo Bertolotti da Salò through his career. This instrument’s tonal quality surpassed the violinist’s talent and created a unique sound; one of the main reasons for success of New York Philharmonic Orchestra. The viola is not a typical front instrument of the orchestra, which made the sensation bigger and more important. Upon the death of the famous virtuoso in 2004, the instrument remained in the possession of the Kates family, and was sold at an auction for $542,500.



6. OM-45 Deluxe Acoustic Guitar from C.F. Martin and Company

The acoustic guitars from C.F. Martin and Company are among the highest quality guitars in the world. Used primarily in country music, these guitars spread through the United States because of the popularity of the musicians using them. The OM-45 Deluxe model was made in 1930, and played by Roy Rogers, the famous country performer. The high-quality wood and one-of-a-kind steel strings create an incredible sound. This guitar was sold at an auction for $554,500 in 2009.



5. Fender Stratocaster Acoustic Guitar by Eric Clapton

The unique acoustic guitar was made by the famous musician himself; Eric Clapton, who bought three quality Fender Stratocaster guitars, and manufactured a single guitar from them. The quality of the final product was remarkable. Eric played on it for several years until moving on to different models. This model was particularly valuable since it is one of a kind, and made by Eric himself. The auction price for the guitar was $959,500.


4. The Lady Tennant Violin by Stradivari

An antique violin made by the famous Italian luthier Antonio Stradivari in 1699, the Lady Tennant, is the masterpiece preserved in the private collection. This violin was included in the L’Esposizione di Liuteria Antica a Cremona exhibition, celebrating 200 years of Stradivari’s death. Last selling price for the instrument was $2.03 million.


3. Steinway Z Piano

The legendary piano was in the possession of John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono for a long time until it was sold in 2009 to George Michael for $2.08 million. The value of the piano increases for the fact that Lennon composed the song “Imagine” on this piano. The piano still has burns from the musician’s cigarettes.



2. Duport Stradivari Cello

Jean-Louis Duport, who played it in the 1800’s, named this cello. There is an interesting legend about this instrument: Napoleon Bonaparte himself asked the cellist to play the cello a bit, and cellist said “Yes”. Bonaparte handled the instrument badly and made some dents in it, which are still visible today. From 1974 to 2007 the Duport Stradivari Cello was owned and played by Mstislav Rostropovich. The price for selling in 2007 was high: $20 million.



1. Stradivari Viola


Our ultimate winner of the most expensive instruments in the world is produced by Antonio Stradivari. The heritage of this famous artist is worth billions, with this viola as the most expensive piece. The reason for the staggering price of 45 million dollars is the rarity: only 10 of his violas are known to be still preserved. This one has the best quality and level of preservation, even though it is 300 years old. It was sold at an auction in 2014.



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