A violin worth around 100,000 euros, which was stolen from an Italian violinist on a train journey, has been found next to a rubbish bin in Paris. A passer-by noticed the violin next to the garbage can on the sidewalk and took it home, the newspaper “Le Parisien” reported on Thursday. Since there was a name tag inside the violin case, the violin found its way back to its owner.
The instrument had been stolen from the professional musician while driving to a performance in Paris on the TGV train. It is believed that the thieves may not have been able to find a buyer for the professional instrument.
The musician of the Orchester des Champs-Elysées was delighted to receive his valuable violin, which was completely in tact except for a little bit of dirt. As the orchestra’s administrator told the newspaper, the Italian maestro ran his hand over the instrument’s wood and stammered, “That’s her, she hasn’t changed.” It is a violin made by Eugenio Degani, a late 19th century Venetian luthier. The discoverer refused a finder’s fee, but accepted an invitation to the next concert in Paris.