Music is perhaps the oldest form of entertainment in the world as humans have been singing and creating songs for thousands of years. Historians and archaeologists have even found musical instruments dating back to ancient times, showing just how important music has been throughout our history. Nowadays, millions of people play a huge variety of instruments, most of which can be purchased for a relatively cheap price. Some though, such as pianos and violins, can prove to be a little more expensive, yet none of them compare to these examples that are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Gennaro Gagliano was an experienced creator of musical instruments from Italy who had come from a long line of family members who had been involved in making stringed instruments such as violins and cellos. This particular example has survived for more than 250 years and, once it was verified by experts, sold at auction for $362,500.
This viola was a musical instrument that was played by the celebrated musician Gasparo Bertolotti da Salo throughout most of his career. Widely believed to be his favorite viola, it is a highly prized possession. When it went to auction in 2004 it sold for a staggering $542,500.