It is being reported today by Reuters, that a ‘female American violinist in her 20s’ has accidentally left the 1727 ‘General Dupont ex-Grumaiux’ Stradivarius violin, worth an estimated US $2.6 Million on an interstate-train in Western Germany.
The unidentified woman was traveling by rail from Mannheim to Saarbrucken on Tuesday, when the instrument was left unattended in the train carriage, police have indicated to the news source.
The German authorities have since located the violin, understood to have still been on the train’s overhead luggage rack, and reunited it with its ‘more than relieved’ custodian.
The instrument was not damaged.
The 1727 ‘General Dupont ex-Gramiaux’ Stradivarius was sold by a Cleveland-based businessman to a Chinese collector in December 2014 – for an undisclosed amount.
The instrument had, prior to the 2014 sale been played by 39 year old American violin virtuoso, Jennifer Koh.
Jennifer is scheduled to perform the German premiere of the Willi Violin Concerto, this evening with the German Radio Philharmonic, in Saarbrucken.
Saarbrucken police have declined a request from The Violin Channel for further comment.
Ziv Arazi from Rare Violins of New York, who brokered the 2014 sale, has categorically denied that Koh is still in possession of the 1727 Stradivarius.