A Stradivarius violin put up for sale by a Japanese businessman has sold for over $15 million in New York, Tarisio Auctions said Thursday.
The violin, made by Antonio Stradivari in 1714 during the Italian craftsman’s “golden period,” was put up by Tokuji Munetsugu, founder of the operator of the Japanese curry restaurant chain CoCo Ichibanya, who had owned it since 2007.
The identity of the successful bidder was not immediately known.
A violin made by Italian stringed instrument craftsman Antonio Stradivari in 1714 and called “da Vinci, ex-Seidel,” is tried out at an event in Tokyo on May 10, 2022. (Kyodo)
Called “da Vinci, ex-Seidel,” and fetching $15,340,000, the instrument was once owned by Toscha Seidel, one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century, and was played by him on the soundtrack of the 1939 Oscar-winning movie “The Wizard of Oz.”