$1.9M Stradivarius Stolen at Sandwich Shop

Two pricey bows were also in the case
By Aaron Cowan,  Newser User
Posted Dec 6, 2010 10:58 PM CST Posted Dec 6, 2010 10:58 PM CST
Promoted on Newser Dec 7, 2010 8:39 AM CST
Million $$$ Stradivarius Stolen At Sandwich Shop
Tamsin Waley-Cohen of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra plays "The Penny" Stradivarius violin at Christie's auction rooms in London, Friday, March 7, 2008.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

A quick pit stop at a London sandwich shop turned into disaster for a musician when her $1.9 million antique Stradivarius violin was stolen last Monday, Reuters reports. Also in her case were two rare and expensive bows valued at $98,000 and $8,000, respectively. The 314-year-old violin is insured, and the rarity of it would make it difficult to resell, notes a detective investigating the theft.

The insurance company is offering a $24,000 reward for info leading to its return, and police are appealing to the public for the instrument's safe return. "These items hold enormous sentimental and professional value for the victim," said the detective. Though the police did not comment on the owner's identity, British media reported that it belonged to 32-year-old Korean-born Min-Jin Kym. Read the full article. (More Stradivarius violin stories.)

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