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Once-stolen Stradivarius sells for $2.68m

Published on Dec 19, 2013 7:36 AM

LONDON (AFP) -A rare Stradivarius violin, which was once stolen and offered for just 100 pounds (S$207) by thieves, sold at auction in Britain on Wednesday for 1.3 million pounds. 

Thieves took the antique instrument, which was made in 1696, and two valuable bows from Korean-born violinist Min Jin Kym as she ate a sandwich at a cafe in London's Euston station in 2010.

It was recovered unscathed from a house in central England in July, but by that time the violinist had obtained a new instrument. Three people were jailed in connection with the theft in 2011.

The violin was sold on Wednesday by fine instrument auction house Tarisio in an online sale for 1,385,000 pounds, which included the buyer's premium, the firm said on its website.

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