The Lady Blunt (a particular Stradivarius violin currently owned by the Nippon Music Foundation) is going up for auction on June 20. It is, according to experts, perhaps the best-preserved Stradivarius to be offered for sale in the past century.

Why sell this extraordinary instrument at such a time? ¬†Perhaps because it is just that…such a time.

With 14,704 known dead and another nearly 11,000 missing in this Spring’s earthquake/tsunami in Japan the foundation offering the violin–the finest in their collect–as “a gesture of profound generosity.”

All proceeds will go to the Northeastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.

The last time this instrument sold, it brought a price of $10,000,000.

I’m asking myself what I’m willing to part with from my “collection of valued possessions” in order to serve others. I may not own a Stradivarius, but God’s economy considers the generosity of the giver in different terms than the world. God takes 5 biscuits and 2 sardines and feeds thousands.


Much of the info and the quotes were taken from an article dated 2 May on