A young Boston violinist got lucky when the 1835 Italian violin she left on a bus was found and returned to her.
MuChien Hsieh, a Taiwanese student at the New England Conservatory, had been travelling to Philadelphia on 20 December. When she arrived at about 11pm she forgot to take the violin from the overhead compartment. After realising her mistake she frantically called the bus company but the bus had already left the station.
Hsieh notified police, appealing for the safe return of the Vincenzo Jorio violin, which was on loan from Taiwan’s Chi-Mei Culture Foundation and insured for $70,000. Police had suspected that someone may have taken it without realising its value, but the violin was found by bus company cleaners and was returned to a relieved Hsieh on 23 December.