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A new auction record has been set by the sale of a Stradivarius violin. The auction, in aid of providing financial relief for victims of the Japan earthquake, was run by London auction house Tarisio, and the violin part of a collection owned by the Nippon Foundation for music. They cover the Northeastern Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund charities.

On offer was a well preserved violin made by the famous Stradivari family. The particular model is known as the Lady Blunt, after Lord Byron's granddaughter Lady Anne Blunt, it's owner for 30 years.

The £9.8million received for the violin is more than FOUR times the amount a record holding Stradivarius previously sold for.

Kazuko Shiomi, Nippon Foundation's president, said that although the violin was important to their collection, the reason for it's sale was far more worthy. He said "...the needs of our fellow Japanese people after the March 11th tragedy have proven that we all need to help, in any way we can"

The Lady Blunt is one of around 600 instruments made by Antonio Stradivari still in existence.

2 years on from his unexpected death at the age of 50 in June 2009, Michael Jackson's personal items went under the hammer at Julien's Auction House in beverly Hills, with a portion of proceeds from the auctions being donated to the Shambala Preserve in California, which has housed Jackson's two Bengal tigers since closing Neverland Ranch in 2006.

The iconic red and black calfskin jacket, one of two worn in the "Thriller" video and autographed by the "King of Pop" himself, notched up a total cost of $1.8million following add-ons, equal to £1.13million.

Also on sale were a sequined glove, as worn on many a stage, a fedora, the wig worn by Jackson when the ill-fated "This Is It" concert series was announced, and a pair of sunglasses, the latter selling for a cool $50,000 (£31,000).

Legendary guitarist, Eric Clapton is bidding farewell to some of his trusty old Fenders in a charity auction scheduled for late January.

Bidders will be able to choose between a collection of over 70 instruments including a guitar that he played in the 2005 Cream reunion shows in London and New York.

Musical instruments from famous manufacturers such as Fender, Gibson, Martin, Marshall and Music Man will feature and the starting bids are only £190. Don’t expect to win much at the amount though as one Fender Stratocaster is expected to fetch around £19,000.

‘The instruments are a part of his history but most are affordable,’ said a spokesman for Bonhams.

Bonhams in Bond Street, London, will manage the auction from 23rd to 26th January 2011 and proceeds will go to The Crossroads Centre, an Antiguan rehabilitation clinic that was founded by the musician.