Musical Test Drive

Musical Test Drive

The public gets a chance to play a million-dollar Stradivarius violin before it is auctioned at Christie's.

Take a rare look inside the auction room of Christie’s in Midtown Manhattan, where a 1729 Stradivarius violin is put up for bid with a minimum asking price of $1 million. Antonio Stradivari of Cremona, Italy was 85 years old when he made the magnificent instrument. In this New York Times video, listen to the quality of the sound and see the detail that was etched into this finely crafted work of art. See the few lucky players take it for a test drive, and hear for yourself a million-dollar masterpiece.

Length: 2:43

Story: Anthony Ramirez

Photography: Don Hogan Charles and Librado Romero

Video Producer: Jigar Mehta