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Pedrazzini violin worth $35,000 discovered in trash

Thursday, 10 January 2013

A man in San Antonio, Texas, who found a violin among some trash by the side of a road, later discovered that it was a 1922 Giuseppe Pedrazzini worth $35,000. The instrument was appraised by Peter Shaw of Houston dealers Amati Violin Shop for an episode of the PBS TV show Antiques Roadshow. The programme was recorded in Corpus Christi, Texas, on 4 August 2012, and was broadcast on Monday 7 January.

The man who found the violin said that he originally thought he could use it for parts to repair an instrument that belonged to his wife. But his wife later decided to get it appraised, and was initially offered $1,000 for the instrument. Shaw valued it at $35,000 but said it could be worth $50,000 after it was cleaned and restored.

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