Classical musician’s $2 million violin recovered

Classical musician Min-Jin Kym is celebrating after her stolen $2 million (£1.3 million) antique violin was recovered last week (beg22Jul13), two years after the precious instrument was snatched. The internationally-renowned star’s 300-year-old Stradivarius violin was discovered at a property in the Midlands, England more than two years after it was taken from a sandwich shop in north London.
The 2010 theft featured in special appeal on BBC TV programme Crimewatch and a man and two teenagers were later convicted of the crime in 2011, but the violin, along with two bows worth a combined total of more than $100,000 (£67,000), were not recovered.
Kym is thrilled her prized possession has been discovered intact with only very minor damage.
She tells the BBC, “I still can’t believe it. Every moment of the day – even when I was sleeping – the loss of the instrument, the feeling of responsibility, was there.
“This had been the instrument I had been playing on since I was a teenager so it was a huge part of my identity for many years. Obviously it was devastating. (I now feel) an incredible feeling of elation. I’m still feeling the butterflies in my stomach.”
Detective Chief Inspector Simon Taylor, who led the hunt, adds, “I always maintained that its (the violin’s) rarity and distinctiveness would make any attempt to sell it extremely difficult, if not futile, because established arts and antiques dealers would easily recognise it as stolen property.”
Police originally thought a violin recovered in Bulgaria in March (13) could have been the missing instrument, but an expert proved it was a replica.