A £15,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the
recovery of a Stradivarius violin stolen in London. The 1696
instrument, valued at around £1.2m, was stolen along with two bows
from a branch of Pret a Manger outside Euston Station on 29
November. The victim of the theft was reported to be Korean
violinist Min-Jin Kym, 32.
The reward has been issued by Lark Insurance and several Lloyd's underwriters. In its appeal for information, Lark identified the violin as having a visible repair to a crack, and also a specially moulded chin rest. The bows, one a Peccatte and the other made by the School of Bazin, are together valued at £67,000.