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DALLAS (CBS11) – A former member of the Dallas Symphony is selling her prized violin after having it by her side for 73 years.

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Gloria Stroud, 90, has decided to part ways with her fancy fiddle that is estimated to be worth more than $1 million.

“It was like your child,” said Stroud.

As a wide-eyed teen from West Texas heading off on a scholarship to Juilliard in New York City, her parents spent $10,000 on her Petrus Guarnerius violin that was built in the 1740s.

“Everybody has a good instrument. But not everybody has a fine instrument,” said Stroud.

Gloria Stroud (Jeff Paul - CBS11)

Gloria Stroud (Jeff Paul – CBS11)

Stroud went from school, to a USO tour overseas, then traveled to back to Texas where she found a spot in the Dallas Symphony.

“It was very hard to give it up because it was like my baby,” said Stroud.

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Retired now, Stroud is passing on her hollow-bodied friend.

“A million dollars seems low to me for that instrument,” said Jay Rury, who owns Jay R. Rury Violins.

Rury said the value is due to who made it, when it was made and that the quality has never been duplicated.

“It’s something that cannot be replaced and that makes it art and valuable,” said Rury.

Stroud said she feels lucky to have had it by her side for so long, she feels it’s time for her stringed-companion to start a new song.

“I just hope somebody who loves it as much as I do, gets it,” said Stroud.

The violin is being held right now at a world-renowned selling house in Chicago.

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