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The Bonjour Stradivari cello was made by famous luthier Antonio Stradivari ca. 1696. The instrument is named after the amateur 19th-century Parisianmarker cellist Abel Bonjour.

On the death of Bonjour sometime after 1885 the cello passed via Fridolin Hamma of Stuttgart to Dr. Hans K├╝hne of Cologne, who loaned the cello to the Stradivari Bicentennial exhibition in Cremonamarker in 1937.The Habisreutinger Foundation of St. Gallenmarker, Switzerlandmarker as well as Martin Lovett of the Amadeus Quartet have also owned the cello.The present owner acquired it in the fall of 1999 and it is currently on loan to The Canada Council for the Arts Instrument Bank, which then loans this instrument for 3 years to the winner of its national competition. After being loaned to Korean-Canadian cellist Soo Bae for 3 years, it was awarded in September 2009 to Canadian cellist Rachel Mercer. It is currently valued at US$8 million.

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