Drum roll, please. You can amp up your portfolio with rare and antique musical instruments. Violins, cellos, guitars, pianos and other devices made to create melodies can make you rich — if you know what to look for.
Kerry Keane, musical instrument consultant at Christie’s auctions in New York, told Forbes six factors establish an instrument’s worth: You must know who crafted it, its quality, its condition, who owned it in the past, its freshness in the market (like it hasn’t been available for 200 years) and whether it’s fashionable.
You won’t be able to recoup your earnings right away. Instead, wait it out until the instrument has gone up-tempo in the value department. If you bought a Guarneri or Stradivari violin in 1990, the Stradivari Society says its value has now tripled, 30 years later.
We’ve gathered info on some of the most prized musical treasures, starting with the lowest in value to the highest.