The Hammer Violin by Antonio Stradivari – Antonio Stradivari was known to make the best violins in the world. The instrument, made in 1707 by Italian violinmaker Antonio Stradivari, sold at Christie’s auction house for $3,544,000 after less than five minutes of bidding. The winning bid, which included the house’s commission, broke a record of $2,032,000 paid for another Stradivarius at Christie’s in April 2005.
Eric Clapton’s “Blackie” Stratocaster Guitar by Fender – $959,500 – The Fender Stratocaster is one of the most favorite instruments by esteemed rock guitar players and musicians. Some of the legendary artists who have used the instrument are Buddy Holly, Stevie Ray Vaughn and the legendary Jimi Hendrix. Blackie is probably the most famous guitar in the world. Blackie was put together by Eric Clapton from parts from three different Fender Stratocasters. Blackie was Eric Clapton’s primary stage and studio guitar between 1970 and 1985.
OM-45 Deluxe Guitar by C.F. Martin and Company – $554,500 – Just 14 of these instruments were originally made in 1930. Priced at $225, the Deluxe was the most expensive flat-top Martin guitar available at the time. They were all identical, with the exception of one instrument – the one that would be played by Leonard Slye (aka Roy Rogers), which had its own special details. Roy cherished this guitar throughout his life.
Viola by Gasparo Bertolotti da Salo – $542,000 – Gasparo Bertolotti da Salò built only 60 instruments in his lifetime, so his creations command a very high price. Anything from the 16th century that is still in fine and mint condition would command a high price.
Violoncello by Gennaro Gagliano – $362,500 – Gennaro Gagliano came from a family that had always been involved in making string instruments. Possibly the best, certainly the most versatile, craftsman of the family. The existence of a Gennaro Gagliano violoncello was under debate for sometime. It may be the only one he ever made.
Violin by Carlo Giuseppe Testore – $218,500 – he was a member of an Italian luthier family who worked in Milan. Paolo was the second son of Carlo Giuseppe Testori, who was known especially for making of double basses. That was the same era of fine violin-making as Stradivarius, Guarnari, Amati and others — all 18th century violins. Carlo Giuseppe Testore was well versed in the art of creating musical instruments, which is why he became one of the most appreciated craftsmen of the 17th and early 18th century. His creations are so incredible that they are actually preferred by experienced musicians even to this day.