A Leonardo da Vinci’s Violin, nearly three-century-old, is about to be auctioned next month from 10 million euros ($10.6 million).
The auction details was revealed by the French house overseeing the sale of the instrument, CNN reports.
Some of the special features highlighted about the instrument owned by virtuoso Regis Pasquier are: its sound which has graced concert halls around the world, and it was crafted in 1736 by revered Italian luthier Giuseppe Guarneri.
The auction has attracted comments and reactions in which Sophie Perrine of the Aguttes auction house near Paris, is not an exemption.
“There are many violins, but this one is like selling a Rembrandt, a Goya or even a Leonardo da Vinci painting,” Perrine said.
Other features tied to the maple-backed instrument is the quality and longevity it has with an output which rivals specifically, Antonio Stradivari but was far less prolific than his compatriot and contemporary. It has also been one of about 150 made by Guarneri.
It was also bought more than 20 years ago by Pasquier, who gave a concert with it following day without even practicing on it.
Speaking further, Perrine said, “For him, this instrument was perfect.”
Some notable venues where he has played it includes, Carnegie Hall in New York and the Opera Garnier in Paris.