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Harmony restored: US cops recover stolen Stradivarius

Published on Feb 7, 2014 4:20 AM

CHICAGO (AFP) - In a stirring finale after a discordant series of events, US police recovered a rare Stradivarius violin that had been snatched from the concert master of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

A photo of the gleaming, 300-year-old instrument resting on a velvet cloth under a massive Milwaukee Police badge was issued to celebrate its safe return more than a week after the attack.

Around 600 of the violins made by the 17th century Italian master craftsman Antonio Stradivari are still in existence and they are prized for their incredible - and inimitable - sound.

One fetched about 11 million euros (S$18.9 million) in a 2011 charity auction for victims of the Japanese tsunami. Named after an early owner, the Lipinski Stradivarius stolen last week was on loan from an anonymous donor whose Wisconsin-based family had owned it for more than 50 years.

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