Music: Strads

Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis Facie bat Anno 17—

Neatly pasted on the inside of an old violin newly discovered in somebody's attic, many a musty label bearing such an inscription has caused hearts to beat faster. Most violins so discovered are fakes or "copies" made in Italy, Germany or Japan to retail at between $5 and $50. Real "Strads," violins made by Antonio Stradivari of Cremona, bring from $10,000 to $85,000. There are only about 540 authentic known Strads in existence, 163 of which are owned in the U. S., and when one of...

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