I have a few guitars for which I paid hundreds of dollars each, and I keep putting off selling them because it seems like such a hassle to get some of that worth back. Maybe if I wait a few hundred years, they’ll bring big bucks! That’s the case of some Stradivarius violins, which can bring millions of dollars, depending on their condition. Rarity and craftsmanship aren’t the only reasons that musical instruments become worth millions of dollars. Some were played by famous musicians or have highly sought-after autographs, while others were part of historical events, like the Crystal Piano.
Heintzman and Co. Ltd., Beijing designed and constructed a nine foot concert grand specifically for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Called the “Crystal Piano”, it was built for a performance which would be heard by millions of viewers around the world. Planned for use in the Opening Ceremony, it was played by Lang Lang, famous Chinese performing artist, who played an arrangement of the quintessential standard “Starlight”. The piano was auctioned and purchased by a private bid for $3.22
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