Swapping real estate for Fidel: David Garrett buys violin for 3.5 million euros

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David Garrett buys violin for 3.5 million euros

You don’t treat yourself to anything else. And so David Garrett is now fulfilling a “life dream”, as he puts it. He scolded 3.5 million euros for a very special violin. But even the pop classic doesn’t pay this amount out of change.

Star violinist David Garrett gave himself a very special present for his birthday: he bought a rare violin from the Italian violin maker Guarneri del Gesu, as he revealed to the newspaper “Bild”. “I fulfilled a lifelong dream with it,” says the musician.

Garrett explains that he bought the 1736 instrument from an auction house in Paris for 3.5 million euros. “For the amount I have to part with one of my properties and sell an apartment in New York. But this violin is worth it to me!” He also reveals that he doesn’t even have such an amount in the piggy bank.

A violin made by the Italian instrument maker is unique in terms of sound quality – “a real myth,” says Garrett. Worldwide there are only about 150 to 200 copies.

In addition to trash cans and leftovers

A del Gesù violin is sometimes sold for up to 14 million euros, Garrett explains. “Getting the contract was like winning the lottery for me.”

He participated in the auction from a hotel in Frankfurt. The reception was so bad that he went into the courtyard to call. “I’ve never felt so glamorous next to trash cans and leftover food,” says Garrett.

Born David Christian Bongartz in Aachen in 1980, the musician started playing the violin at the age of four and was celebrated as a child prodigy at the start of his career. At the age of twelve he got his first recording contract. The star violinist, who always builds bridges between classical and pop, turned 42 last Sunday.

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