Tarisio announced that they will sell the ‘Maazel’ Guadagnini violin of 1783 at their November 10, 2011 online auction. The violin has been owned and played by the world-renowned conductor Lorin Maazel for the past 66 years. All proceeds from the sale are to fund an endowment for young artist development at the Castleton Festival, the annual music festival founded by Maestro Maazel and his wife Dietlinde Turban-Maazel.
The ‘Lady Blunt’ is believed to be the most pristine Stradivarius violin still in commercial circulation and has set a record price each time it has come up for sale. Undoubtedly the most important investment piece to collectors worldwide, the violin last sold privately for over $10 million dollars. Owned for thirty years by Lady Anne Blunt, granddaughter of the famous English poet Lord Byron, the violin has sparked exceptional interest from collectors around the globe, eager for the unique opportunity to own a piece of history.