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Topics: bagpipes, Sotheby's

Friday, 28 March 2014

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One of the world's most amazing musical instrument finds ever, yesterday sold for £50 million in a Sotheby's auction. One of only 15 sets of bagpipes ever made by Antonio Stradivari was uncovered in a tea chest in the back room of a Glasgow council flat last month.

A mere 4 sets survive. The Glasgow pipes are of special significance due to their creation at the peak of the Glasgow violin makers abilities more than 150 years ago.

The pipes are made from olive tree wood, giving a special shrill banshee like screech to the terrible instrument.

A mystery Oligarch is thought to have mistakenly bought the set by phone thinking they were a viola, or large violin.

A special solo rendition of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" will be played in Edinburgh Castle to mark Scottish Independence.

A 14 hour performance of Wagner's complete "Ring Cycle" opera, will also be played solo with the Stradivarius pipes.

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