Star violinist David Garrett gave himself a special present for his 42nd birthday: He bought a rare violin by the Italian violin maker Guarneri del Gesù, as the musician told the "Bild-Zeitung": "I've fulfilled a lifelong dream with it."
A del Gesù violin is sometimes sold for up to 14 million euros, Garrett said. "Being awarded the contract was like winning the lottery for me." He took part in the auction from a Frankfurt hotel. The reception was so bad that he went into the courtyard to make a call. "I've never felt so glamorous next to trash cans and leftover food," he said.
Garrett began playing the violin at the age of four and was hailed as a child prodigy early in his career. He received his first record deal at the age of twelve. On September 4, the musician turned 42 years old.