Du Pré Stradivarius

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The Du Pré Stradivarius is an antique cello fabricated in 1673 by Italian luthier Antonio Stradivari of Cremona (1644–1737). It has also been known generically as the 1673 Stradivarius, as it is the only cello made by Stradivari in that year.

Recent owners of The 1673 have included the cellists Jacqueline du Pré (1945–1987), Lynn Harrell and Nina Kotova. Harrell purchased the cello from the ailing du Pré in 1984, and has since taken legal steps to have the cello renamed the Jacqueline du Pré Stradivari.[1] The cello is currently being played by István Várdai.[2]

While visiting New York, Harrell forgot his cello when leaving a taxicab. The cab driver turned it in, and it was returned unscathed.[3]


  1. ^ Email from Professor Harrell's personal assistant to R.L.C. See discussion for full email text.
  2. ^ "István Várdai receives 'Du Pré-Harrell' Stradivarius cello on extended loan". The Strad. 13 December 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  3. ^ Tim Janof, editor (2004). "Another taxi incident". Internet Cello Society Newsletter, Tutti Celli. pp. vol. 7, issue 4. Retrieved 2007-04-05.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)

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