Made in 1696 and stolen in 2010, the missing violin is worth nearly $2 million.
LONDON – British detectives are investigating whether a violin recovered during a police operation in Bulgaria is a $1.8 million Stradivarius stolen from a London train station more than two years ago.
The 300-year-old violin was snatched from Euston station in central London in November 2010 when its owner, Korean-born classical musician Min-Jin Kym, stopped at a restaurant to buy a sandwich.
Two bows stored inside the instrument's case, a Peccatte worth more than $93,000 and another made by the School of Bazin valued at more than more than $7,500, also were taken.
A man and two teenage boys admitted the theft in 2011. The man, John Maughan, then 30, was jailed for 4 1/2 years.
The trio had tried selling the violin for just $150, local media reports said at the time.
The antique violin, made in 1696, was never found. A reward of $60,000 was offered for its safe return.
Officers from the British Transport Police were working with Bulgarian authorities after the discovery of the violin, a transport police spokesman said Monday.
"BTP detectives are aware of the recovery of a violin in Bulgaria and will investigate, with insurers, underwriters and international colleagues, whether it is the 1696 Antonio Stradivarius antique violin stolen from a café at Euston rail station in November 2010," the spokesman added.
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