German classical and crossover violinist David Garrett buys a rare violin for MILLIONS

German classical and crossover violinist David Garrett buys a rare violin for MILLIONS. Image: Matthias Wehnert/

David Garrett, world-renowned German classical violinist and crossover player, made a dream come true by purchasing an iconic violin for MILLIONS.

David Garrett, recognizable for performing the German national anthem as part of the opening ceremonies of the 2020 Formula 1 Eifel Grand Prix, bought a violin from the famous Italian luthier Guarneri del Gesù (1698-1744) for 3 .5 million euros.

The violinist, who turned 42 on Sunday September 4, revealed to the German media Image that he had to sell several properties in order to pay for the instrument – which he bought as a gift for himself.

I realized a lifelong dream [by buying it]“, he told the media.

“For the money, I’m going to have to part with one of my properties and sell an apartment in New York. But this violin is worth it to me!

The violin made by Italian instrument maker Guarneri del Gesù is unique in sound quality, according to Garrett. Moreover, there are only about 150-200 copies in the world.

Garrett said “winning the auction to buy the violin was like winning the lottery for me.”

The German, who at 21 was invited to perform at the BBC Proms, took part in the auction from a hotel in Frankfurt.

Garrett began playing the violin at age four and was hailed as a child prodigy early in his career. He received his first recording contract at the age of twelve.

Earlier this year, another Guarneri del Gesù was auctioned off at the Aguttes auction house near Paris.

Nicknamed the “Leonardo da Vinci of violins”the violin was auctioned on June 3.

Describing the violin, Sophie Perrine of auction house Aguttes said: “There are a lot of violins, but this one is like selling a Rembrandt, a Goya or even a painting by Leonardo da Vinci”.

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