Kyung-Ah Yang, a violinist from South Korea, has filed suit in Manhattan against a dealer who was supposed to be selling her instrument, but somehow lost it.
Ms Yang claims she left her 1837 J.F. Pressenda violin in 1998 with Emmanuel Gradoux-Matt at René Morel Rare Violins on East 28th Street.
In 2011, she says she approached Gradoux-Matt at his own firm, Gradoux-Matt Rare Violins, in an attempt to recover her instrument. After various prevarications, she was informed in January 2013 by Gradoux-Matt that ‘he had let an individual in New York borrow [the] violin for a trial, and the individual never returned.’ On March 26, she filed suit. The violin is now said to be worth $400,000.
Neither side has been available for comment.