CBC: Australian orchestra receives $9M violin

January 31, 2007 at 03:17 AM · The Australian Chamber Orchestra welcomed a valuable gift on Tuesday, announcing it has accepted the permanent loan of a rare violin worth more than $9 million.

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January 31, 2007 at 03:18 AM · I want pictures! ;)

January 31, 2007 at 05:21 AM · just a little FYI, 9 million australian dollars is about 7 million dollars. Slightly more reasonable, but still! This better be the best instrument in the whole world for that amount...

January 31, 2007 at 05:50 AM · My boyfriend was talking about that... he's an aussie as well.

It's actually more like 10 mill... which is 7 point something american million.

It's a 1943 Del Gesu ex Carrodus, a violin made right after the 1943 ex Heifetz Del Gesu.

That's the most interesting part about it!

And it's an anonymous benefactor who bought the violin for mr. D.


January 31, 2007 at 09:21 AM · News.com.au Coverage - with picture of the del Gesu

ACO Story with picture of the del Gesu and Tognetti's previous violin the 1759 J.B. Guadagnini

Looking forward to hearing it. I must make an effort to see them in this first tour season and review it for you all.

January 31, 2007 at 10:36 AM · It is from Dave Fulton's collection, and apparently made from the same tree as the Cannon del Gesu. It is the Carrodus, not the ex-carrodus (played by Rachlin). Got tickets for the concert on 12/2, will let you know.


ps. Charles Beare said it is one of the top 4 or 5 del gesu instruments, though I wonder how much he made on the sale of these things thoughout his lifetime?

January 31, 2007 at 10:49 AM · I really should go and see Tognetti and the ACO; they're in Brisbane on the 9th of Feb I think.

Where do we go after del Gesus reach 10,000,000?

I suppose soon they will be ten times that amount and no-one will bat an eyelid.

January 31, 2007 at 11:39 AM · Vince, you might want to check your dates. del Gesu would have been about a zillion years old when he made them according to your figures. :)


January 31, 2007 at 06:21 PM · im confused.

the Carrodus was built in 1743 and is owned by Fulton right now.

The EX-Carrodus was built in 1741 and is owned by the australian bank.

I have a hard time believing it was Fulton that gave them the violin (they say theirs is 1743...) it seems more probable that they got the one from the australian bank, which is the one made in 1741.

which is it!?

btw, fulton's is made from the same wood as Sauret, not cannon.

January 31, 2007 at 07:22 PM · Fulton was said to be selling off some of his collection recently, are we sure he still has the Carrodus?

Are we sure the 1741 is owned by an AustrALIAN bank and not an AustrIAN bank? (According to Cozio it's the latter.)

January 31, 2007 at 08:13 PM · No that is what I said, my boyfriend said some anonymous benefactor bought the "ex Carrodus" 1943! oh 1743, sorry... And yeah, I think these collections of instruments were all made out of the same tree! Ex Heifetz, Ex Carr. and Il Cannone.

And whoever was picky about how to call it. You name it by year and name dude. "ex" just means formerly owned which also means I am correct. There are several "ex"'s to one instrument, and "ex"'s attributed to several owners.

Leaving the "ex" out is only for convention, but it's Ex Carrodus 1741, and Ex Carrodus 1743. When you say THE HEIFETZ DEL GESU, obviously, we know which one. So when you say THE CARRODUS DEL GESU, obviously it is the superior instrument, 1743.


January 31, 2007 at 08:36 PM · If I played a $9,000,000 violin, I'd have an instantaneous, natural, fast vibrato that wasn't there before.

:) Sandy

January 31, 2007 at 10:49 PM · It says on one of the web-links that Renardy last played it. Does that mean that I have a recording of it - the Sony CD with Michael Rabin on it?

February 1, 2007 at 12:42 AM · Dan....It is true. Dave Fulton, sold the "Carrodus".

February 1, 2007 at 02:40 AM · My guess is Fulton is probably going to score some free season tickets to their concerts. wait, the article says it's on loan. so someone else bought it from Fulton then loaned it?

who is the lucky bast.. er, concertmaster of that orchestra?

February 1, 2007 at 04:13 AM · Concertmaster is Richard Tognetti, who you might have seen at the Sydney Olympics. I seem to remember he did something in either the opening or closing ceremonies with an accordionist.

February 1, 2007 at 06:15 AM · Yes. I believe he shot him.

February 1, 2007 at 07:11 AM · Here are the pictures!






February 2, 2007 at 05:06 PM · $7,744,789.42 USD with today's exchange from aussie to usd.

wait, i got that in the coin compartment in my 77 civic!

gorgeous instrument! violin price increases still baffle me how there seems to be no end to what price extremes they can reach!

February 2, 2007 at 09:31 PM · it's still much less than a Piccasso or other famous artworks......

February 2, 2007 at 10:49 PM ·

February 2, 2007 at 10:54 PM · Oh I say, well said Kristian!



February 2, 2007 at 11:04 PM · In fact, recently, 'The Dream' by Piccasso sold for ?74 million

74,000,000.00 United Kingdom Pounds = $145,498,874.35 USD

Key quote "Oh s***, look what I've done," - Billionaire Steve Wynn

Story in full -

IT WAS a moment in which tragedy and comedy came together to create one of the fine art world's worst disasters.


"Tycoon art-broken after ripping Picasso"

Billionaire Steve Wynn had just agreed to sell a Picasso masterpiece for ?74 million - a record price - when, as he gesticulated to friends, he put his elbow right through it.

"Oh s***, look what I've done," he said, with considerable understatement. "Thank God it was me."

Author Nora Ephron, who was among the witnesses and who described the incident in an internet blog, had been taking a private tour of the Las Vegas casino magnate's art collection, which includes leading works by Picasso, Matisse and other great names. The When Harry Met Sally writer was marvelling at the abstract work called The Dream, Picasso's 1932 portrait of his mistress Marie-Therese Walter. As Mr Wynn stood, effusively detailing its history to the group and the price he had agreed with a fellow collector, he told them: "This is the most money ever paid for a painting," according to Ms Ephron.

February 3, 2007 at 03:38 AM · Wow.

I've done some clumsy things, but... wow. He must feel pretty bad about that.

February 12, 2007 at 12:38 AM · Just hear it! Very good!

The high notes had a tremendous singing quality with enormous projection. Lower notes a strong earthy quality. Incredibly dense sound. I enjoyed it very much.


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