In 1889 it was purchased by a special committee and donated to Joseph Joachim on the occasion of his jubilee celebrations. The Tourist Board of Cremona purchased it from William Hill & Sons of London in December 1961 and it was donated to the town.
Almost a twin of the Alard.
A Stradivari Returns to Cremona, The Strad, February, 1962, London
In 1896, Halir toured the U.S. He arrived on November 4, 1896, for a 25-concert tour. For the tour, Joachim lent Halir his Red Stradivarius of 1715 (now called the Joachim Strad – not to be confused with the Red Mendelssohn), said to be worth $12,000 at the time. That violin was a gift to Joachim from the City of London in 1889. It went to Joachim’s nephew, Harold Joachim, upon Joseph Joachim’s death. Today, it is in Cremona, Italy and is worth more than $12,000.
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