A Stradivarius and a Birthday Event
A rare Stradivarius violin is back in the hands of a very fortunate person in Bern, Switzerland, today, reports the Telegraph.
Recently, the valuable instrument had been left on a train by an unidentified musician en-route to a performance.
Allegedly, the hapless musician had taken the instrument on loan from a friend, and had intended to play it during a birthday event.
Though a search of the train that the passenger had ridden did not turn up the instrument, it was later found in the train company’s lost and found office.
That is a fortunate thing for the musician. There are only about six hundred Stradivarius violins known to exist in the world. Of those sold in recent years, all have been in the multi-million dollar price range.
In 2008, a US violinist left a $4-million Stradivarius in the back of a New York cab. The cabbie returned the violin to its owner.
It would take a lot of birthday performances to pay for a Stradivarius, even if all of them were highbrow, “events.”