Stradivarius violin missing for three years is recovered

A 1696 Antonio Stradivarius violin that was stolen in 2010 from a train station in London has been recovered, authorities say.
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The mystery of a 17th-century Stradivarius violin that was stolen in 2010 has been successfully solved, much to the relief of its owner.

British authorities announced this week that the violin and its two bows were recovered with some minor damage at a house in England. The 1696 instrument is worth an estimated $1.8 million and belonged to violinist Min Jin Kym.

“Investigators leading the hunt for the 300-year-old instrument have verified the find with antiques experts and the violin is now being held in a secure London location,” said the British Transport Police in a statement released on Tuesday.


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Authorities said the instrument was recovered in the Midlands section of England, but said they could not provide any more details about the investigation.

The violin was stolen from Euston Station in London in late 2010. A man and two teenagers were arrested in connection to the theft in 2011, but the instrument wasn’t recovered until now.

In February, officials in Bulgaria announced they recovered a violin they believed to be the one belonging to Kym. But the instrument was later revealed to be a replica used for training.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Taylor, who led the successful recovery effort, said in a statement: “We’re absolutely delighted to have recovered the Stradivarius violin after a long and very complex investigation.”


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