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Thu, Jun-26-2014 06:51:44

The World's Newest Most-Expensive Instrument


John Cage would be pleased: If you listen very carefully, you may hear a world record shatter. In sealed bidding expected to end this week, auctioneers Sotheby’s and Ingles & Hayday have been taking offers for the “Macdonald” viola by Antonio Stradivari, the king of strings. They’ve estimated it to sell for more than $45 million—about three times the auction record for an instrument, currently held by a Stradivarius violin that sold for about $15.6 million in 2011.