TWO Tottenham teenagers have been accused of stealing an antique violin worth £1.2m from a musician who had stopped for a sandwich.

The 1696 Antonio Stradivarius instrument – one of only 450 in the world – was swiped from outside Pret á Manger in Euston Station on November 29.

The 32-year-old musician, who had the precious violin on loan, had stopped for a bite to eat at around 8.30pm, and noticed the black, rectangular case had gone at around 9pm.

Tottenham teens accused of swiping £1.2m Stradivarius violin (From Haringey Independent).

January 7th, 2011

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October 1st, 2010

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7 September 2010 Last updated at 08:07 ET
Burglars steal valuable violins from Fetcham property

Two violins and bows, along with a violin case, were stolen
Two violins worth a total of £16,000 have been stolen during a burglary in Surrey in which a number of passports were also taken from a car.

Police said the theft happened at a property in Fetcham as the occupants slept after returning from holiday.

As well as the Brian Cohen violins, two bows and a violin case, along with a computer hard-drive with about 250,000 photos were among other items stolen.

It happened overnight on 19 August, but details have only just emerged.

September 8th, 2010

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Kelso man reports theft of Stradivarius violin

By Leslie Slape / The Daily News | Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 6:00 pm | No Comments Posted

A Kelso man told police a Stradivarius violin, made in 1722 and handed down through his family for more than a century, was stolen from his car during the night Sunday.

He claimed he put the violin, which was in a case, in his Chrysler 300 and parked it at his girlfriend’s house because he thought it would be safer from thieves than in his home. He lives on North Second Avenue, a street that has suffered numerous recent burglaries and vehicle prowls.

His girlfriend lives in the 1900 block of Teresa Way, Kelso.

The 61-year-old victim, who did not return calls Tuesday from The Daily News, told police he was planning to take the violin in for appraisal before selling it online. It is insured, he told police, but a police report did not specify how much the insurance policy covered.

The prowler also stole an antique Marlin brand 32 caliber special-action rifle from the car, he said, but left other valuables behind.

If the man’s Stradivarius is genuine, it is one of an estimated 630 to 650 surviving instruments handmade by Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737) or his sons in Cremona, Italy. Although other Cremona produced other famous violin makers, instruments produced by the Stradivari family are considered the best ever made. Today a genuine “Strad” is worth two to three million dollars.

There also are millions of copies in existence, with the first counterfeits being made in the 19th century. A violin’s authenticity can only be determined through comparative study of design, model wood characteristics, and varnish texture, according to the Encyclopedia Smithsonian.

June 23rd, 2010

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$400,000 violin stolen from Russian violinist in Austria
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A violin worth $400,000 has been stolen in Austria from a violinist of
the orchestra of Russia’s famous Mariinsky Opera and Ballet Theater,
local police said on Sunday.

The musical instrument was stolen on Saturday afternoon from the hall
of a hotel in Voesendorf near Vienna, the police said.

A young woman left the violin, made by Italian master Rogeri in 1697,
for custody with her male colleague and went for shopping. However,
the man was constantly distracted by searches in the Internet and
failed to notice the thief.

The hotel hall has no video cameras and was visited by a lot of people
on that day, which makes the search for the thief difficult, the
police said.

On top of that, the violin was not insured, the police said.

VIENNA, April 18 (RIA Novosti)

April 20th, 2010

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