Charles Castleman is one of the world’s most well-known experts on the violin. He performs and teaches the instrument at the University of Miami.

One of his most prized possessions is a violin that was created in 1748 — a staggering 271 years ago. Well, Charles decided to donate it to the university for others to enjoy.

While the violin is rare and could never be replaced, it has been insured for $1 million.

While the leaders of the school recognize that the instrument is worth a great deal of money, they also say its value cannot only be measured in dollars. Instead, it’s the sort of gift that allows the imaginations of both students and teachers to travel to very special places.

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