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GENEVA: A Stradivarius violin – possibly worth several million euros – was handed in at a Swiss lost-property office after a hapless musician left it on a train.
Police said on Monday that the owner had lent the precious instrument to a musician friend who took it on a train on Friday but forgot it when he got off at Bern.
After a fruitless search by train staff, surveillance cameras spotted a passenger walking off with the violin at a different station and police launched an appeal for help.
The violin turned up on Sunday in the lost-property office at Bern station.
About 600 violins made by Italian craftsman Antonio Stradivari are still in existence. One fetched about e11 million in a 2011 charity auction for victims of the Japanese tsunami. – Sapa-AFP