Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Austria finds stolen Stradivarius

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Austrian police said Wednesday they had found a rare Stradivarius violin, worth an estimated 2.5 million euros (3.4 million dollars), which was stolen in May from the home of a Viennese musician.

Police found the precious instrument intact after raiding an apartment in the Austrian capital. They also arrested six suspects, all asylum seekers from Georgia, following an investigation that Austrian Interior Minister Guenther Platter described as "exemplary."

The Stradivarius, as well as another precious violin and three bows, were stolen in late May in an audacious raid on the safe in Altenberger's apartment in central Vienna. Police were able to identify one of the suspects, who was known to the police, thanks to a fingerprint...

Police finally arrested the man and two other suspects Tuesday afternoon in the street, in a western district of Vienna. The three other men were apprehended later at their nearby apartment, where police also found a Vuillaume violin, worth 120,000 euros, and three bows estimated at 12,000 euros in total, all stolen from Altenberger's flat.

Violins made by Italian Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737), considered by many the world's most significant luthier or crafter of stringed instruments, are extremely rare and valuable with probably no more than 600 still in existence.

Source : bakutoday

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