Once-stolen Stradivarius sells for $2.3 million

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Associated Press

Posted on December 18, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 18 at 4:05 PM

LONDON (AP) — An antique Stradivarius violin that was stolen from its owner at a London railway station in 2010 has fetched almost 1.4 million pounds ($2.3 million) at auction.

The instrument was snatched outside Euston Station in November 2010 while South Korean musician Min-Jin Kym was getting a snack.

In July, almost three years later, police announced they had recovered the instrument intact with minor damage at a property in central England. Three people have been convicted over the theft.

The instrument, made in 1696, is one of only around 400 surviving Stradivarius violins in the world. It was sold Wednesday by fine-instrument auction house Tarisio in an online sale for 1,385,000 pounds.

The auction house said a portion of the proceeds would go to the authorities who helped find the violin.

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