Stradivarius Turned In to Lost and Found

Musician forgot it on a Swiss train
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2012 12:56 AM CDT
Updated Aug 1, 2012 1:17 AM CDT
Stradivarius Turned In to Lost and Fund
Don't leave a train without this.   (AP Photo/Nippon Music Foundation, S. Yokoyama)

A Stradivarius violin likely worth millions of dollars was turned in to a Swiss lost and found. The owner had loaned it to a musician friend who left it behind on a train in Bern. Train staff searched in vain for it, then spotted another passenger on surveillance cameras walking off with it, reports the Telegraph. The identity of the returner was not released. Only some 600 violins made by Italian master craftsman Antonio Stradivari still exist. One sold for close to $15 million at a charity auction last year. In 2008 a $4 million Stradivarius left by a musician in a New York taxi was returned by the cabbie. (More Switzerland stories.)

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