Violin fetches £1.4m at auction

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A Stradivarius violin which was once offered for just £100 by thieves who stole it sold at auction today for almost £1.4 million.

The instrument was stolen at London's Euston Station three years ago while its owner was in a cafe, prompting a lengthy police investigation.

It was eventually recovered unscathed and was sold today by fine instrument auction house Tarisio in an online sale for £1,385,000 (which included the buyer's premium).

Owner Min-Jin Kym had played the violin, crafted in 1696, since she was a teenager, but in its absence she acquired a replacement.

At one stage the thieves attempted to sell it for £100 not far from where it had been taken. It was eventually traced to the West Midlands earlier this year.

Internationally renowned soloist Ms Kym said she was "on cloud nine" when she heard it had been found in the summer.

The auction house said a portion of the proceeds and sales commission will benefit the authorities who helped with its recovery.

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