Anne Akiko Meyers Receives Lifetime Use of “Vieuxtemps” Guarneri del Gesù
“I am honoured and humbled to receive lifetime use of the instrument, and I look forward to taking the violin to audiences all over the world.”
When the Chicago based rare instrument dealer Bein & Fushi had the stunning 1741 “Vieuxtemps” Guarneri del Gesù violin for sale, the asking price was $18 million.
The former owner Ian Stoutzker, a London banker, sold it through the dealer J & A Beares, Ltd. for an undisclosed amount.
The selling price is said to have exceeded the previous world-record sale price of the 1721 “Lady Blunt” Stradivari, which was sold in 2011 by Tarisio Auctions for $15.9 million.