In this photo taken in 2008 and released by Nippon Music Foundation, "Lady Blunt," a 1721 Stradivarius violin, is shown in Tokyo. The Japanese music foundation has sold a renowned Stradivarius violin for US$16 million at a London auction to raise money for tsunami disaster relief. The nonprofit foundation said Tuesday, June 21, 2011, the proceeds from selling the nearly 300-year-old violin will go to relief projects in northern Japan where the deadly earthquake and tsunami hit on March 11. (AP Photo/Nippon Music Foundation, S. Yokoyama) MANDATORY CREDIT
Expensive auction items
A look at the items to garner big price tags on the auction block.