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Breaking: Stolen Strad sells for $2.27 million

Min-Jin Kym’s Stradivarius violin, stolen from London’s Euston Station in 2010 and later recovered by police, sold today in an online auction for £1.385 million. The buyer is a UK music festival. Press release below.


Min-Jin Kym

Stolen ‘ex-Kym’ Stradivarius sold for $2.27m [£1,385,000]
Stolen and recovered Stradivarius sold at auction by Tarisio for £1.385 million
The world-famous Stradivarius violin that was stolen from London’s Euston Station in 2010 and
later recovered has been sold today, 18th December 2013 for £1.385 million including the buyer’s
The ‘ex-Kym’ Stradivarius has been sold by Tarisio, the leading auction house for fine stringed
“The 1696 Stradivari has been purchased by a British music festival led by an English violinist.
We congratulate the new owner and wish them the best of luck and success with the violin. We
are delighted that it will be played and enjoyed for many more years to come and that it will
actively contribute to the musical vibrancy of this country through the festival and its wonderful
work,” says Jason Price, Director of Tarisio.
The violin previously belonged to London-based violinist Min-Jin Kym, a celebrated international
soloist and chamber musician and the story of the theft received worldwide attention and
sympathy. After chasing leads across Europe, the instrument was recovered three years later by
the police in the Midlands, astonishingly undamaged. The thief tried to flog it for £100.

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  1. This sounds terrific. I don’t know how often music festivals own instruments, but it sounds like a great idea for a very fine violin to belong to a festival, so that a visiting violinist would not have to risk carrying his or her own instrument to the festival, especially given the increasing hassles of air travel, but could use a quality instrument upon arrival even if not the one accustomed to.

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