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Stradivarius violin to be sold for Japan tsunami victims' relief

Tokyo, Tue, 03 May 2011 ANI

Tokyo, May 3 (ANI): A well-preserved Stradivarius violin, the Lady Blunt, which had fetched ten million dollars at its last sale in 2008, would reportedly be auctioned to raise money to help Japan's earthquake-cum-tsunami victims.


The 1721 violin is being sold by the Nippon Music Foundation, with the entire proceeds going to their Northeastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund, the BBC reports.


Auctioneers Tarisio said they would sell the instrument, named after one of its owners, Lady Anne Blunt, the granddaughter of the poet Lord Byron, online on 20 June.


Christopher Reuning, of Reuning and Son Violins in Boston, which sells and certifies instruments, said it is very rare that a Stradivarius of such quality comes up for sale.


"It still shows the tool-marks and brushstrokes of Stradivari. The Lady Blunt is perhaps the best-preserved Stradivarius to be offered for sale in the past century," Reuning added.


Tarisio described the foundation's decision to sell the violin as "a gesture of profound generosity".


According to Japan's latest police figures, 14,704 people have lost their lives during the March 11 tsunami, and around 10,969 still remain missing. (ANI)


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