Kym's stolen Stradivarius violin will auction for $3.2m



2015-06-26 13:29:09

Kym's stolen Stradivarius violin will auction for $3.2m

The Stradivarius violin stolen from Min-Jin Kym was later offered by the thieves for just $161

The Stradivarius violinstolen from international soloist Min-Jin Kym will now appear at auction, having been recovered by police earlier this year.

The violin was stolen from Kym at London's Euston train station in 2010.

The thieves tried to sell it for just 100 ($161) at an internet cafe immediately after snatching it.

With the theft receiving much media coverage, it was eventually tracked down by police in the West Midlands.

It is now expected to see around 2m ($3.2m) on December 18 at Tarisio in London, with Kym commenting:

"This violin was a faithful friend for many years and I was devastated by its loss. Its recovery is an absolute relief and I am eager to hear the violin onstage once more. I wish its next owner all the best of luck and success."

Kym has since acquired another Stradivarius. The example at auction was produced in 1696 by the world renowned Italian luthier during the period in which he was experimenting with the "long pattern", though this example has the normal measurements, with a back length of 35.5cm.

The current record for a violin at auction is held by the Lady Blunt Stradivarius at $15.6m. On October 28, Leila Josefowicz's Bergonzi violin is expected to see $240,000.

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