Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Case of the stolen Stradivarius

Posted By on Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Here's a tip: If you purchase a 300-year-old, seriously expensive anything, don't ever take your eyes off of it — especially in public.

From Reuters/ MSNBC.com:

A musician who went into a central London sandwich store to buy something to eat has had a 300-year-old Stradivarius violin worth 1.2 million pounds ($1.9 million) stolen, police said on Monday.

Inside the case was a 1696 Antonio Stradivarius antique violin as well as a Peccatte bow, valued at 62,000 pounds, and another bow made by the School of Bazin valued at more than 5,000 pounds.

The police did not name the classical musician, but British media reported that the violin's owner was 32-year-old Korean-born Min-Jin Kym.

Read the entire article here.

One of the reasons why Stradivarius instruments are so prized is their sound, which is luscious. Here, listen:

Rhiannon "Rhi" Bowman is an independent journalist who contributes snarky commentary on Creative Loafing's CLog blog four days a week in addition to writing for several other local media organizations. To learn more, click the links or follow Rhi on Twitter.

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