The Australian Chamber Orchestra Instrument Fund is a world first. It was created in 2011 to purchase high-quality stringed instruments which are lent to the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) for use by its players. The Fund is a unit trust, with some units owned by the ACO and others by wholesale investors. The Fund owns Australia’s only Stradivarius violin, purchased in 2011 for $1.79 million, and a 1714 Joseph Guarneri filius Andreae violin, purchased in 2014 for $1.65 million. Unit-holders have experienced increases in the unit price in 2013, 2014 and 2015.