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Topic: STRADIVARIUS, VALUE, BIDDING, AUCTION, WORTH, MUSIC, VIOLINS Source: IL
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An anonymous American bidder paid $920,000 at a Paris auction Tuesday for a violin crafted by Italian master instrument-maker Antonius Stradivari in 1714. A second Stradivarious, said by experts to have been made in 1698 but modified afterwards, was purchased by an anonymous European bidder for about $716,000, French auctioneers Drouot said. The sales were the high points of Tuesday's auction of 115 stringed instruments and bows at Drouot's Paris headquarters.
Auctioneer Jacques Tajan had predicted before the sale that the violin made in 1714 -- which he described as an exquisite instrument -- would sell for between $583,000 and $833,333
"If it sold for a million dollars, this would make me very happy," he had said.
Stradivari's violins are extremely rare and fetch extraordinary prices when they come up for sale.
A British woman paid about $617,000 in London in June, 1995, for a Stradivarius for her 10-year-old daughter, a music student in Germany.

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Title: Stradivarius violin sells for $920,000 in France
Data Source: http://www.infobeat.com/
Article Date: 02/03/98
CD Supplier ID: 20631
Typist Or Article Provider: Don Johnson

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