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    Stolen Poggi violin recovered in Bologna


    A 1924 violin by Ansaldo Poggi that was stolen more than five years ago has been recovered by Italian police. The instrument was taken in November 2008 when thieves broke into the safe of Bologna luthier and dealer Roberto Regazzi. Police recovered the violin (pictured) after a ...

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    The stolen instruments of the Third Reich


    In an article from 2009, Carla Shapreau exposes the systematic theft of stringed instruments under Hitler's rule, and today's efforts to locate them

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    Violinist Min-Jin Kym's 'stolen and recovered' Stradivarius to be sold at auction


    The Stradivarius violin belonging to the violinist Min-Jin Kym that was stolen at a Pret a Manger sandwich bar in London’s Euston Station in November 2010 and later recovered by police, is to be sold at auction on 18 December 2013. The theft of the 1696 Strad, which at the ...

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    What happens when a stolen Strad is recovered?


    Violin dealers and musicians are not alone in following the auction performance of rare musical instruments. The spectacular saleroom prices realised by the finest violins have also attracted thieves in search of fresh goods for the illicit art market. While post-theft claims for insured instruments are often quickly settled, the ...

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    Min-Jin Kym's 1696 Stradivarius violin is taken from a sandwich bar


    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 ...