The most expensive musical instrument sold at auction is the 'Lady Blunt' Stradivarius violin and was sold at £9,808,000 ($15,875,800) by Tarisio Auctions (USA) in London, UK, on 20 June 2011.
The auction was organised online on behalf of the Nippon Music Foundation and the proceeds went to the Northeastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. The authenticity of the violin was certified by the firm W.E. Hill & Sons.
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