- Northern Irish author traces history of valuable Stradivarius violin
- August 15, 2012 | 0 Responses
A Northern Irish author has researched the history of a Stradivarius violin that was discovered under a bed in Derry in the late 1980s.
The valuable instrument, which eventually sold for $3.6 million (£2.3 million), was found by Muriel Anderson in her late brother's bedroom and now Dr Nuala McCallister Hart seems to have tracked its origins.
Stradivarius violins were produced by their namesake Antonio Stradivarius in the 17th and 18th century and they have since become the epitome of quality and workmanship in the musical world.
They regularly sell for millions of pounds and owners are likely to have comprehensive musical instrument insurance in place to protect against theft or damage.
Dr Hart has revealed that this particular violin, called Molitor, was made by Stradivarius in the 1690s and may have once belonged to French leader Napoleon Bonaparte.
However, it is unclear how Ms Anderson's brother, William, would later come to afford it when he bought the violin from an independent dealer for an unknown price.
"It took ten years to piece the whole story together. But there are still so many mysteries," Dr Hart told the Belfast Telegraph.
Molitor is currently in the US, where it is played by famed violinist Anne Akiko Meyers.